By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Understanding the symptoms of diabetes is essential in order to understand your diabetes treatment.
Most people know that diabetes has something to do with sugar in the blood stream; (that's why you need a diabetes testing kit,) and maybe that it's caused by not enough insulin in the body.
Here's MY straightforward way of looking at the problem of diabetes:
When you have diabetes, your body is not making enough (or any) of a substance called "Insulin".
It all boils down to not having enough insulin in your system. Normally insulin is manufactured in your body by the pancreas. But for some reason, this production can slow down or even stop.
Why do we need insulin?
Our body needs insulin to extract the energy from the food we eat.
Most of the carbohydrates in our food is turned into glucose, (a type of sugar), which our bodies can normally use for energy.
Insulin is essential to extract the glucose out of the blood stream and get it into the cells of our bodies.
Without insulin, your body cannot extract the glucose, and so the glucose builds up in the bloodstream.
SO now you have TWO problems caused by this lack of insulin;
These 2 facts cause ALL the problems of diabetes.
Here are the Big Three Symptoms of Diabetes:
The Three Main Symptoms Of Diabetes.
1. You feel thirsty all the time, and have to drink a lot more than normal.
2. You have to go to the bathroom more than usual, to urinate frequently.
3. You feel hungry a lot of the time and want to eat more than normal, but you don't get fat.
These are the 3 basic diabetes symptoms.
If you have all 3 symptoms, get yourself along to your doctor's office for a simple test.
But what about a home diabetes testing kit?
Well, it's true they can't replace the tests at a doctor's office completely, but I think they are extremely useful. I think the best home kit is here:
The other things you may notice are:
As well as insulin therapy (for Type 1 diabetes), changing your diet and losing body fat will help a lot in managing your condition.
Information about great recipes for you can be found in an excellent book by medical doctor Joel Fuhrman MD. You read about it at Amazon HERE.
I really like this book, and recommend it.
OK, I've tried to keep things as simple as possible so far, but there are 3 more things you need to know;
In Type 1, the signs of diabetes are usually very obvious and develop very quickly, usually over just a few weeks.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. As a result the body cannot manufacture any insulin at all, or very little.
Without glucose, your body has to find it's energy from somewhere else, and it starts to burn your body fat stores. That's why you start to lose weight.
But there's a dangerous side to this. When your fat stores are burned they leave acids called ketones behind. When ketones build up in your system, it can lead you into a coma, and without treatment you will die.
With Type 2 diabetes, there is simply not enough insulin being created, OR the insulin that is produced is not very effective - it just doesn't work as well as it should do.
Diabetes 2 treatment usually involves changes to your diet, getting more exercise, and losing weight if you need to. Recent research shows that reducing your body fat can "cure" type 2 diabetes. Sometimes medications are needed too.
Signs that Your Blood Glucose is getting too high:
These signs of diabetes come about as a direct result of glucose in your blood not being consumed or used up. The glucose just keeps building up in your blood stream.
There is a natural reaction in your body to this build-up, by making more urine to try to wash the glucose out. This is why you have to go to the bathroom more often.
Unfortunately, this natural reaction of the body doesn't work very well.
You really need to have an accurate diabetes glucose monitor. It should be easy to use, small, and not expensive! I recommend the CareTouch blood glucose monitoring system. available at best price from Amazon.
One or two signs of diabetes on their own do not necessarily point to diabetes. But if you get several of them together, especially the main three -
I hope this page on the symptoms of diabetes has been useful.
You WILL also find this next page helpful if you want to prevent dental problems as a result of diabetes: Diabetes and Gum Disease
You should DEFINITELY read that page too! There is a 2-way connection between diabetes and gum disease ; each one can make the other condition worse - in both directions! Check out that page now.