Could You Have Diabetes And Not Even Know It?

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Almost one-third of all diabetic patients do not know that they have diabetes. These symptoms seem harmless, just like symptoms of aging. This article introduces the different types of diabetes and some common symptoms of each type of diabetes to help you better understand diabetes.

In this article, we will introduce the three main types of diabetes. They are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

This type of diabetes is also called insulin-dependent and immune-mediated diabetes. It happens when your body cannot produce insulin. The immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes increases the risk of other serious complications, such as heart disease, nerve damage, blindness, and kidney damage.

Some symptoms include thirst, increased urination, weight loss, even with increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, and irregular menstruation.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type that cannot be diagnosed. It progresses slowly and causes symptoms such as skin infections, poor healing, kidney problems, and vision problems. After years of mild symptoms, it is normal that neither these complications nor diabetes is diagnosed.

The problem is usually that people do not have serious symptoms and do not seek medical care at all. They just think the symptoms are just getting older. Therefore, it is important to have regular diabetes checkups in the most common age group (over 40 years old). Less commonly, doctors may treat other diseases without realizing that they need to be tested for diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy in women. It is said that pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but have high blood sugar during pregnancy have diabetes. During pregnancy, it affects 4% of all women.

Symptoms include increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss despite loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Common infections include blurred vision in the bladder, vagina and skin.

Gestational diabetes may be missed. It usually starts with mild symptoms and can usually be attributed to other factors. Testing during pregnancy is important because the high blood sugar caused by gestational diabetes can harm the baby and sometimes cause other complications.

Even if you are not pregnant, you should be tested first. Many women suffer from gestational diabetes and believe that their symptoms are common during pregnancy. You may never know, but testing is always a good idea.

If you have any symptoms of diabetes, be sure to see a doctor. Even if you think there is an absolute no. To be safe, it is better than regretting.