Because its symptoms can be difficult to identify, diabetes can cause a number of problems before it’s diagnosed. Your body’s cells rely on glucose to give them energy, but, if you’ve got diabetes, your body cannot handle high blood glucose.
As your body digests carbohydrates, fruits and other foods with high sugar content, it creates glucose. Once it’s created, glucose moves through your blood. Your body relies on insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) to turn glucose into energy. However, those with diabetes do not produce usable insulin, so they must rely on injections of the hormone.
Unfortunately, 9% of the United States population suffers from diabetes. If you’re one of the 29 million people that’s developed diabetes, but are unaware, there are three major signs you should not ignore.
- Frequent Urination: Anything more than 3 liters a day is considered abnormal and should be taken seriously. (Normal daily urine output is anywhere from one to two liters.)
- Increased Thirst: If you feel thirsty constantly despite taking in an adequate amount of water each day, it may be a sign of diabetes. It is recommended that if you experience increased thirst for a number of days, you should seek medical care to get tested for diabetes.
- Increased Appetite: Although increased appetite could be a result of intense exercise, it may also be a symptom of diabetes. When a heightened appetite is linked to diabetes, the feeling will not go away, even after you’ve eaten.
When left untreated, diabetes symptoms can lead to life-threatening metabolic crises. Complications from diabetes include nerve damage, kidney damage, poor blood circulation and even death.
If you’re concerned you may have diabetes, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.