What are the first signs of type 1 diabetes? This article is intended to give a brief overview and show where diabetes can be detected.
Early symptoms of type 1 diabetes in adults
How do you know you have diabetes? Most early symptoms are of an above-average glucose level, a type of sugar, in the blood. The warning signs can be so mild that you won’t notice them. This is especially true for type 2 diabetes. Some people do not find out that they have it until they get problems due to long-term damage caused by the disease.
In type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually occur quickly, within a few days or weeks. They are also much stricter.
Both types of diabetes have some of the same treacherous warning signs.
Hunger and fatigue. Your body converts the food you eat into glucose, which your cells use for energy. But your cells need insulin to bring in the glucose.
- If your body does not make enough or no insulin, or if your cells resist the insulin that makes your body, the glucose cannot come into it and you have no energy. That can make you hungrier and more tired than usual.
- The average person usually has to pee four to seven times in 24 hours, but people with diabetes can do a lot more.
- Why? Usually your body reabsorbs glucose as it flows through your kidneys. But if diabetes drives your blood sugar levels up, your kidneys may not be able to bring everything back. This causes the body to produce more urine, which ingests fluid.
- You’ll have to go more often. You could pee more. Because you pee so much, you can get very thirsty. You drink more, you’ll pee more.
Dry mouth and itchy skint. Because your body uses fluids to make pee, there is less moisture for other things. You could get dehydrated, and your mouth could feel dry. Dry skin can cause itching.
Fuzzy vision. A change in the fluid level in your body can cause the lenses in your eyes to swell. They change shape and lose their ability to concentrate.
Diabetes mellitus- a risk factor of stroke
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases in Germany and an important factor in the development of stroke. Excessive sugar in the blood damages not only the tissues and organs, but also the blood vessels. A consequence of this is arteriosclerosis, which in turn can cause stroke. Increased blood sugar levels must be treated in any case. Adult onset diabetes responds very well to a change in lifestyle (change of diet, a lot of exercise) and must only be treated with medication in severe cases.