Among the constellation of diseases, one that is seen to be very progressive and very prevalent among age groups is the diabetes. On a study conducted by the resident doctors of the Public Health Sciences University of Edinburgh, it is found out that there is a 2.8% prevalence rate of diabetes among age groups in 2000 and will reach 4.4% come 2030. No one is exempted from this disease because anyone of any age can be diagnosed with this. Thus, the number 171 million in 2000 is projected to escalate to 366 million in 2030. This statistic is already alarming, but is more alarming is that diabetes increases the risk of an individual getting stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and even death.
Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a disease in which one’s blood glucose or blood sugar is extremely high. Glucose is the natural chemical that the body receives whenever we eat. A proper body would have insulin, a hormone that will help these glucose to be absorbed by the cells, but when you are a diabetic person, these glucose cannot be absorbed to either lack of insulin in your body or not enough insulin in your body. This leads us to the classification of diabetes: type 1 is about having no insulin at all; this is a rare case which only involves about 10% of all diabetic patients, and type 2 is about having not enough insulin so glucose is still not absorbed by the cells; this constitutes 90% of the diabetic patients.
Since the world has progressed, having diabetes is no longer scary because there are medications which are readily available. But, what is scary is that most people or 1 of 4 people does not know that he or she has diabetes. Since the disease does not obviously manifest its symptoms, people who are lowly self-monitoring themselves, would miss this disease. But worry no more, because here are 8 early warning signs that you might have diabetes.
Excessive thirst and urination.
Polydipsia (thirst) and polyuria (urination) are two medical conditions which tells you that you might have diabetes. Thirstiness and excessive urinating is a sign that there is too much glucose in your body. Since the glucose cannot be absorbed, the organ at work is your kidney. Kidney will filter the sugar through your body fluids, which will lead you to feel very thirsty or even dehydration. If this happens regularly, consult immediately with your doctor, because drinking water to resolve the thirst is not enough to get all those excess glucose in your blood.