The sad truth is that diabetes is a lifelong medical condition that affects millions of people each year. What’s even worse is that a significant amount of individuals have diabetes and seldom realise it!
Most people have type 2 diabetes, which is the form that can get controlled by making dietary and lifestyle changes. It’s a medical condition that anyone can have, regardless of age or race.
If you’re worried that you might have diabetes, the best piece of advice I can give you is to talk to your doctor about it. You should never use the Internet to diagnose such serious medical conditions!
The purpose of today’s blog post is to give you a general idea of whether you might have diabetes or not. For a definite prognosis, as mentioned a moment ago you should get checked out by a doctor.
One of the reasons you need to get tested by a doctor for diabetes is because some of the symptoms are similar to other medical conditions.
The general symptoms for someone that’s suffering from diabetes are as follows:
- You are always feeling thirsty, even when you think you’ve quenched your thirst;
- You have to make bathroom visits more often than usual to urinate;
- You always feel exhausted, even if you’ve done nothing physical during the day;
- You’ve lost a lot of weight, including muscle bulk;
- Whenever you cut yourself, the wounds always take a long time to heal; and
- You have blurred vision, which is the result of each eye lens becoming dry.
As you can see, some of those symptoms can be attributed to other medical conditions. But if you suffer from all of them, it’s likely there is a strong case for diabetes.
What exactly is diabetes?
In a nutshell, diabetes is where a person’s blood-sugar level gets too high. The sugar in our bloodstream gets controlled by insulin, a hormone that the pancreas produces. In case you wondered, the pancreas is a gland that’s located behind the stomach.
When your food gets digested and is in your bloodstream, it’s the job of insulin to move glucose out of the blood and into the cells of your body. If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, it can’t do its job efficiently. This is why people with diabetes have insulin injections.
Life with diabetes
If you’ve found out that you’ve got diabetes, you’ll no doubt have been told which form you’ve got. As you already know, type 2 diabetes can get controlled by making diet and lifestyle changes. But what happens if you’ve got type 1 diabetes?
In that scenario, you need to have daily insulin injections. That means you need to check your blood-sugar levels by taking a blood sample and putting it onto a DTS (diabetic test strip). You’ll likely need to buy the equipment and test strips to do this.
Some people find out that they get given too many spare test strips by their doctors. Or sometimes they might get given some spare ones by relatives or friends. You can always sell any unused ones to places like DTS Buyers. Learn more about DTS Buyers to find out more about the process.
Likewise, if you’ve got spare, unused blood-sugar level test machines, you can always sell them on sites like eBay.
Do you think you’ve got diabetes?
If you think that you are suffering from diabetes, I recommend getting checked out by a doctor immediately.
The condition can get worse the longer it goes undiagnosed. Some people even have to get one or both feed amputated because of their diabetes.
And that’s not something I’d like you to experience!