How do you know if you have diabetes?
Good question. How diabetes is diagnosed is up to your doctor, but in general it can only be confirmed by blood tests.
More information about the different tests and diagnostic criteria will be covered in later updates, let’s take a look at the symptoms of diabetes.
Universally there is no one symptom that means you have diabetes. Many symptoms can be confused with other ailments and health issues. Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.
The most common symptoms or possible indications of the onset of diabetes in no particular order are as follows:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination (Especially at night)
- Unusual weight gain
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased appetite or extreme feelings of hunger
- Feeling tired all the time
- Blurred vision that may come and go.
- Frequent infections
- Infections or sores that don’t seem to heal, or last for long periods of time
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- In some cases there are NO Symptoms
The only real way to know if you have diabetes is to have blood tests done by a doctor or other medical professional that can properly screen you for diabetes and make a proper diagnosis. Ignoring these symptoms will not make them go away.
Also, the absence of symptoms is not an all clear signal either. Having a proper blood test is the only sure way to know if you have this disease.
Knowing the symptoms is key, but getting a proper diagnosis is the first step to a more healthy future and learning to control diabetes if you are told that you have it.
Having good control of your diabetes reduces your risk of developing problems, also known as “complications.” These problems include long-term complications such as amputations, kidney failure, heart disease, and loss of vision just to name a few.
The good news is that with treatment, weight loss, a healthy diet, and other steps, Filipinos with type 2 diabetes can lead healthy and productive lives.