What Were Your Symptoms Before You Were Diagnosed
What were your symptoms before you were diagnosed What were the symptoms you had before offical diagnosis of diabetes. I have been tired for months, and had a huge lose of appetite. I thought diabetes made you eat more. Of course I was thirsty, but i had no appetite especially at dinner time. I was tired alot too but thought that was due to my hectic life!!!! I was thirsty too and up and down alot at night in the bathroom. Then I began being dizzy alot. I had had vertigo in the past but knew this was somehow different. I was also having alot of headaches. My dr. told me both symptoms are indicative of high blood sugar. Not everyone has these though. I had no symptoms whatsoever. Diabetes runs in my family but I felt totally fine. I was really shocked when my blood tests came back. I was noticing how my vision seemed to be getting worse. Blurry off and on. Had a bad bruise that just wouln't go away, too. No other symptoms at all. WELL I HADA EPISODE OF SEVERE ITCHING BELOW. THEN A PIMPLE. IT THEN TURNED INTO AN ABSCESS. I WENT TO A CLINIC. THE DOCTOR THERE SENT ME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.THERE I WAS ADMITTED ON THE SPOT. ANTIBIOTICS AND INSULIN. I HAD A STAY IN INTENSIVE CARE FOR ABOUT 5 HRS. I, too, had no symptoms that I noticed. My doctor discovered it in a routine blood test. She had me have a glucose tolerance test and it verified it. Diabetes runs in my family. My grandmother died from complicatiions of it and I had 2 cousins with it. Doctors had been trying to pin diabetes on my for most of my life since I've been fat. I was tested the year before while I was in the hospital for MRSA and it was negative. I didn't think I had any symtoms. But when I look back I had a headache just about every day. I did get up twice in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, wh Continue reading >>
Warning Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes
Almost a third of people who have diabetes do not know it. That number comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, most people with prediabetes — a condition that puts people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes — don’t know they have it. So my diabetes story, which began in ignorance, was not so unusual. I had prediabetes for a long time before the complications caused by high blood sugar led to a stroke. This is the reason I made a list of warning signs for Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps you or someone you love will see how important it is to get a simple blood sugar test. If this sneaky condition is caught early, you can avoid serious complications. The symptoms of Type 2 are well known but are easy to miss. Two of them are increased thirst and frequent urination. The word “diabetes” comes from the Greek word for “siphon.” If the beta cells in your pancreas are working, insulin is pumping into your blood to help your body digest carbohydrates like sugar and bread and noodles. But in Type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes) your cells are resistant to insulin, which leaves much of that glucose, or simple sugar, in the bloodstream. When blood glucose levels are above 250 mg/dl, the ability of the kidneys to reabsorb fluids is blocked, leading to the release of large amounts of liquid (and sugar) into the bladder. (A urine test would show high sugar content. This is why for thousands of years, diabetes was called the “sweet urine disease.”) This process uses lots of water, leading to increased thirst. Another sign of prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes is fatigue. Since your muscle cells are resisting insulin, they are not getting fed the glucose from your blood supply. It makes you tired. The problem with using fatigue as a warnin Continue reading >>
Patient Comments: Diabetes - Symptoms
The symptoms of diabetes can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease? I had back pain, kidney infections, yeast infection, night sweats, and insomnia. I thought I had a kidney infection, but a new doctor at the clinic suggested an A1C test and it turned out my blood sugar was in the 200s that morning. Here we are and I have diabetes. I am a young man of 45 years now and I have been confirmed to have diabetes. Now I am having lots of symptom like weak erection, weakness of the body, dry lips and palms, and even restlessness in the legs and shrinking of my general body build ups. My head is itching very much now. I am 62 years old now. Since last 2 months glucose level in early morning is about 135 and after food glucose levels are about 115. Early morning my left leg and hand slightly painful. I had no symptoms, I was hypoglycemic for years, then about age 75 developed type 2 diabetes. I lost about 55 lb., and have controlled it with medication. A1C stays about 6.2, have presently had trouble with kidney infections and high blood pressure. When I got diabetes at 22 I had weight loss, no energy and was thirsty all the time. I also could not eat and was never hungry. I am 35 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last summer. I took generally good care of myself and exercised on a regular basis. For at least the year before, I noticed that I had to urinate all the time, waking me up several times a night. In the month or so prior to being diagnosed, I lost 40 pounds and was thirsty all the time. One day I got extremely sick, could not keep anything down, had blurry vision, a rapid heartbeat, and began hyperventilating. My blood glucose level in the ER was in the high 500s and my A1C was 9.7. Since then, I have de Continue reading >>
What Were Your First Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes?
11 Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes (Explained in details) The dangers of type 2 diabetes cannot be overemphasized this is due to its nature because it doesn’t necessarily cause any obvious symptoms. It is known as ‘silent killer’ because it doesn’t show earlier signs. There are cases where doctors do not detect diabetes until long-term complications associated with the disease, develop. Some of the diseases are heart problems and eye diseases. It is advisable for one to go on regular checks in order to prevent type 2 diabetes. Prevention of this disease can be achieved through regular checking of blood sugar levels. If you think you may have diabetes, seek treatment as soon as possible. The better you manage diabetes over time, the less like you are to develop serious complications. The following signs, symptoms and conditions can be associated with type 2 diabetes Frequent Need to Urinate [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="810"] Photo Credit: joebelanger / Stock photos, royalty-free images & video clips[/caption] Medically, this is known as polyuria and it is one of the early signs of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Frequent need to urinate occurs when the blood sugar levels is elevated above 160-180mg/dL therefore, glucose begins to leak into the urine. Consequently, the amount of glucose in the urine increases, the kidney starts to work harder to eliminate more water in an attempt to dilute the urine. This is enough for a diabetic to feel the urge to urinate more often. Increased Thirst [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="810"] This is not unconnected with the first symptom. As a diabetic patient urinates more often, he/she gets dehydrated faster, therefore sending signals to the brain to get more water. Drinking more water will aggravate the need t Continue reading >>
Your Stories In Brief
We have lots of short stories you've been sending us. You can read them below – and there are even morehereandhere! Why not write your own story andsend it to us? Kelly I was 13 when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I am 16 now. I was ill for about a month before being admitted to hospital. During that time I had painful headaches from being dehydrated and was constantly sleeping and drinking gallons of water. When I got to the hospital i was unsure of where I was and what was happening to me, I was scared and panicking about not knowing why everyone is about you. Once I knew that i had diabetes I was confused asking myself questions like why me? I spent nine days in hospital learning about the things that are going to keep me alive. Since been diagnosed with diabetes, I have been in and out of hospital over 10 times because I find it difficult to control my blood sugar. No one in my family have diabetes so I feel like am trapped inside a bubble having no one to talk to during the times that i find hard. I find ways to keep track of my diabetes but give up so easily. I left school at 14 feeling to embarrassed and ashamed of what people think of me now that I have to do injections, but am starting to take control of my diabetes and i just want everyone to know that you should feel proud of who you are! Hayley My mum has Type 1 diabetes since i don't know when so always had a 50/50 chance of it being passed on. As a young child I was always chubby (my grandad didn't help buying sweets and cakes every morning). It come to April 2000, I had been showing signs of diabetes, extreme thrist, weeing LOADS! You know the usual signs so my mum took me to the doctors to have me checked for it. My test results come back negative, phew!. A week later 9th April 2009, I was suddenly hit Continue reading >>
Diabetics: What Were Your Symptoms Before Diagnosis?
Diabetics: What were your symptoms before diagnosis? I've been undergoing tests because of some health issues and one of the things my Dr. is suspicious of is diabetes. I am awaiting results right now. I know what the symptoms are according to the world of medicine but I am curious of what some of you experienced that led to your diagnosis. There is no theory of evolution. Evolution is a fact. The theory is of how it happened. "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest"-Diderot I have a huge family history of Type II. So I was being tested on a regular basis for a while and just kind of let it go. Over the course of a year or so I went from 225 (and flabby) to 175, but blamed my workout for it. I was always drinking lots of water (still do) but never felt "excessive thirst", or got overly fatigued or any of the regular symptoms they run you through. One summer, I was having heart palpitations an got checked. Blood tests came back and my fasting glucose was 288. Started on an oral med (Amaryl), and controlled diet. I had some high readings this past winter - I have been a good little diabetic, but my glucose was climbing anyway, so I'm shooting Lantus now, and a pretty small dose and I'm fine again. In fact, over the past two months I've gone from 24 units/day down to 14 now. 1) Finger your...I mean prick your finger a few times a day. Learn what effect certain foods and times of day have on your readings. I'm glad to hear you're taking care of yourself. One question for you, when and if you do eat something that sends your sugar levels up, how do you feel? Do you only know it went up because of your blood sugar reading or can you tell by some physiological response? Pretty much always when you eat your blood sugar goes Continue reading >>
Viewer Comments: Diabetes - Symptoms And Signs
Viewer Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on eMedicineHealth. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. eMedicineHealth does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. This is a brilliant article and I have learnt more in the last 20 minutes reading it than in the three months since being diagnosed. I am 54 years old and thought I had bad flu virus and went to the doctor. He sent me for blood tests. He found I had type 2 and high blood pressure. I have been off work for three months and I am feeling better. I am a 66 year old male and in good health, at least I thought so until I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. My first signs that I might have something wrong came after playing golf on a really hot day. We finished playing around 3:00pm and while sitting around waiting for food I experienced a cold sweat and lightheadedness. I was told to lie on the floor, a doctor in the room took my pulse and asked a few questions and I began to feel better. EMS was called and they checked me out but did not find anything, really. I felt better after eating. I went to the doctor who did some follow up with a cardiologist who said my blood sugar was a little elevated and my blood pressure and cholesterol needed attention. At this time, I noticed that I was getting really thirsty, and of course urinating frequently. I chalked this up to old age. A few weeks later the same thing after another golf outing. At this point I knew that something was am Continue reading >>
The Prediabetes Signs Your Doctor May Miss
The Prediabetes Signs Your Doctor May Miss Some healthcare professionals may fall short in recognizing signs of prediabetes, but self-education can help you identify possible symptoms on your own. Sign Up for Our Living with Diabetes Newsletter Thanks for signing up! You might also like these other newsletters: Sign up for more FREE Everyday Health newsletters . A new study finds gaps in primary-care provider knowledge of prediabetes. Imagine having a disease one that increases your chances of developing lifelong problems like diabetes and heart disease and not knowing you are sick. What if there were effective treatments, but you didnt know about them? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , this is a common scenario for people with prediabetes . The agency estimates that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and 90 percent of them dont know they have it. People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and they are at serious risk of developing the full-blown disease. Diagnosis of prediabetes is important so patients can begin treatment to prevent diabetes. To better understand why so many people with prediabetes are going undiagnosed, researchers at Johns Hopkins University surveyed 140 primary-care providers (PCPs) including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants about their knowledge of prediabetes. The results were published online in July 2017 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine . Only 6 percent of PCPs correctly selected all the risk factors for prediabetes. On average, providers selected 8 of the 11 correct risk factors listed. Most could identify factors like having a close relative with diabetes, being overwei Continue reading >>
Early Symptoms Of Diabetes
How can you tell if you have diabetes? Most early symptoms are from higher-than-normal levels of glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. The warning signs can be so mild that you don't notice them. That's especially true of type 2 diabetes. Some people don't find out they have it until they get problems from long-term damage caused by the disease. With type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually happen quickly, in a matter of days or a few weeks. They're much more severe, too. Both types of diabetes have some of the same telltale warning signs. Hunger and fatigue. Your body converts the food you eat into glucose that your cells use for energy. But your cells need insulin to bring the glucose in. If your body doesn't make enough or any insulin, or if your cells resist the insulin your body makes, the glucose can't get into them and you have no energy. This can make you more hungry and tired than usual. Peeing more often and being thirstier. The average person usually has to pee between four and seven times in 24 hours, but people with diabetes may go a lot more. Why? Normally your body reabsorbs glucose as it passes through your kidneys. But when diabetes pushes your blood sugar up, your kidneys may not be able to bring it all back in. This causes the body to make more urine, and that takes fluids. You'll have to go more often. You might pee out more, too. Because you're peeing so much, you can get very thirsty. When you drink more, you'll also pee more. Dry mouth and itchy skin. Because your body is using fluids to make pee, there's less moisture for other things. You could get dehydrated, and your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin can make you itchy. Blurred vision. Changing fluid levels in your body could make the lenses in your eyes swell up. They change shape and lose their a Continue reading >>
What Were Your Symptoms?
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community What were your symptoms that prompted you to go to your doctor and get your diagnosis? Hi, I am not diagnosed with diabetes, and have yet to make a doctors appointment about this (yes, I'll do it on Monday) but just wanted to run some things by you experts! For the last few weeks I have had constant pins and needles in my arms, particularly my left arm and hand. It is worse at night time and during the night. For the last few days I have had a headache, which is unusual for me because I don't get them usually. I have been drinking sufficient water, and haven't felt especially more thirsty than usual. I have also felt really light headed and faint, particularly this afternoon, which has prompted me to go online and terrify myself through google self diagnosis. Never a good plan on a Friday evening. I am 41, female and am overweight with a BMI of 29, and have a pretty poor diet and drink too much alcohol. This I WILL have to do something about, as it makes me a good contender for Diabetes 2, although it is easier said than done because I have zero will power... but either way, I was wondering if these symptoms, i.e. the tingling sensation in the hand, the feeling faint, & the headaches resonated with anybody before they were diagnosed? Unfortunately none what so ever and I just wish I had had some other symptoms so that my GP would taken me a tad more seriously. During a routine eye test few miniscule blood spots were found by my Optician who thought them serious enough to advise me to have the cause investigated. The Optician referred me to my GP who wouldn't even discuss what the Optician had found until she had the official letter from him, when she Continue reading >>
Your First Symptoms That Indicated Diabetes?
10 Silent Diabetes Symptoms You Might Be Missing
Diabetes has plenty of early signs, but they're subtle enough that you might not notice. Syda Productions/shutterstock "It's not like you wake up one day and all of a sudden you're thirsty, hungry, and [going to the bathroom] all the time," says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a certified diabetes educator in Illinois and a spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "It picks up gradually." Indeed, "most people are unaware that they have diabetes in its early or even middle phases," says Aaron Cypess, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Joslin Diabetes Center. Just because you're not keyed in doesn't mean you're immune from problems associated with diabetes, he adds. The longer you go without controlling diabetes, the greater your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, blindness, and other serious complications. "We recommend that people with risk factors for diabetes, such as a family history or being overweight, get evaluated on a regular basis," Dr. Cypess says. If you've been feeling off, talk to your doctor about getting a simple blood test that can diagnose the disease. And pay attention to these subtle diabetes symptoms and signs. Try these simple tricks for living well with diabetes from people who actually have it. Iryna Kolesova/shutterstock When you have diabetes, your body becomes less efficient at breaking food down into sugar, so you have more sugar sitting in your bloodstream, says Dobbins. "Your body gets rid of it by flushing it out in the urine." So going to the bathroom a lot could be one of the diabetes symptoms you're missing. Most patients aren't necessarily aware of how often they use the bathroom, says Dr. Cypess. "When we ask about it, we often hear, 'Oh yeah, I guess I Continue reading >>
What Were Your Diabetes Symptoms?
If this is your first visit, be sure tocheck out the FAQ by clicking thelink above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. my first fasting level was 109, but I was re tested this morning and waiting for results. Other than fatigue I have no real symptoms. Is this normal and can one high fasting be a fluke and it not be diabetes? My fasting level was either 208 or 204, I forget which. I had no symptoms at all that concerned me. I had been having fatique, like you, but I had attributed it to other factors. I just went in for annual checkup and to get asthma meds scripts filled. So, don't pretend 200 is a fluke. Believe it! If your second test, and other tests confirm it, then get to work on a new program for better health! You won't regret putting forth your best effort. It's only been six weeks since I was diagnosed, and already, I have seen excellent results and feel much healthier. No point in going through denial about it! Best of luck! "I knew I had a problem when I put my underpants on backwards and they fit better..." Obesity, very mild hirsuitism now almost gone with age and met, seriously thinning hair. Regular cycles on met. I was putting on weight, feeling tired & had head shocks. I contributed those to my anti-depressants. But my psych doc told me that is because of high blood sugars. I had the test done and the sugars were 160. My doc put me on the meds but I was in denial. I neglected it so much. Now-a-days I am better. Sugars are still running high, but my doc is trying out different meds on me.Hope I can control the sugars soon. Hmmm... fatigue? weight gain? head shocks? I have experienced that, too, and contributed Continue reading >>
How Did You Know Your Child Had Type 1 Diabetes? Know The Symptoms (it Could Save A Life)
How Did You Know Your Child Had Type 1 Diabetes? Know The Symptoms (It Could Save a Life) By: Rachelle Stocum / Blog Parents of children with diabetes will hear this question asked a million times. And each time you tell your story the story gets shorter and shorter. You begin to leave out details. Details that may one day save another child’s life. I wrote this for a couple of reasons. The first reason was to document the details and help other families who are searching for answers to unexplained symptoms. The second reason was to really get my emotions off my chest, and reflect. December 30, 2016 is a day I will never forget. This date will now be forever know to us as Carter’s “dia-versary.” This was the day my seven year old son Carter was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes. I still tear up when I say or even write those words… my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The week before Christmas my son Carter had so many complaints. He’s not a whiny kid by any means so this was unusual for him. He’s actually the most compliant child I know. When I ask him to do something he does it. So when he first complained of a stomach ache I thought he was coming down with the flu. It seems reasonable that a child would get sick in December. So I tried to wake him up but it was really hard. He was groggy and didn’t want to wake up. Once he was finally woke up I told him that I didn’t want him to eat anything until I was able to get grandma’s monitor and test his blood sugar. He drank some water but understood what I was asking of him. He didn’t complain or cry even though he was hungry. I knew that was bad because when I was pregnant with him I had gestational diabetes. My blood glucose only ran about 120 from what I can recall, and I knew normal was around Continue reading >>
Early Symptoms Of Diabetes
What are the symptoms of diabetes? Although the signs of diabetes can begin to show early, sometimes it takes a person a while to recognize the symptoms. This often makes it seem like signs and symptoms of diabetes appear suddenly. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your body, rather than simply brushing them off. To that end, here are some type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms that you may want to watch out for: If you’re experiencing frequent urination your body might be telling you that your kidneys are trying to expel excess sugar in your blood. The resulting dehydration may then cause extreme thirst. Along the same lines, the lack of available fluids may also give you dry mouth and itchy skin. If you experience increased hunger or unexpected weight loss it could be because your body isn’t able to get adequate energy from the food you eat. High blood sugar levels can affect blood flow and cause nerve damage, which makes healing difficult. So having slow-healing cuts/sores is also a potential sign of diabetes. Yeast infections may occur in men and women who have diabetes as a result of yeast feeding on glucose. Other signs of diabetes Pay attention if you find yourself feeling drowsy or lethargic; pain or numbness in your extremities; vision changes; fruity or sweet-smelling breath which is one of the symptoms of high ketones; and experiencing nausea or vomiting—as these are additional signs that something is not right. If there’s any question, see your doctor immediately to ensure that your blood sugar levels are safe and rule out diabetes. So what are the low blood sugar symptoms you should look out for? It’s important to realize that the signs of… Polyuria occurs when your body urinates more frequently—and often in larger amounts—than Continue reading >>