Signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus

Diabetes mellitus has been around for ages and has never failed to make its presence felt. It has become commonplace these days and there is no permanent cure as yet. It is a subtle disease and very often the symptoms are very much the same as with regards to other ailments and this is what causes us, humans to disregard it. Though the symptoms are mild and inconspicuous, damage has already been done behind the scenes.

A person’s life is at stake either which way, further neglect produces devastating results. When a person receives the diagnosis in the initial stage it is very nerve racking and discouragement settles in. I advise you to shirk the feelings and negative emotions immediately, boost your spirit by thinking and speaking positive. It is not the end of the road so to speak. If attended to in its beginning stages then it can be controlled and managed to the benefit of the patient. It is not death sentence and please don’t blame God either.

The main cause of the disease is not yet known but can be attributed to obesity, environmental factors or heredity. Physical inactivity is also a major contributor. Neglect can lead to severe, irrevocable damage to the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes. Diabetic foot is another outcome, at times gangrene sets in and that calls for amputations. The pancreas is responsible for producing a hormone called insulin, insulin has the major responsibility of transporting the glucose from the bloodstream into the cells where it is further converted into energy. Energy as we all know is vital for the execution of day to day activities.

The confusion begins when the pancreas malfunctions triggering off a series of harmful reactions. Distress signals become common. It either produces little or no insulin at all; the stage is set for bad scenes. Initially, the symptoms are not noticeable at all but here is what you should look out for as a stitch in time saves nine. Frequent urination, increased appetite, fatigue, excessive thirst, tiredness, repeated vaginal and bladder infections, sudden weight loss or gain, thrush, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, blurry vision, cataracts, diabetic foot, urinary tract infections, dark, velvety patches on the skin, dry shiny skin, fruity odor on the breath and flu like symptoms.

Other symptoms include irritability, red swollen gums with pus, cuts and bruise that tend to heal very slowly. Drowsiness, nausea and vomiting are telltale signs as well. Children may experience severe abdominal pain. Dehydration is very likely and this may cause mental confusion. One can go into a diabetic coma
as well. My heart grieves at the very thought of all you folks out there struggling with this dreaded disease and my eyes brim with tears for the untold masses afflicted with the disease. Compliance with the doctor’s instructions and discipline on your part will reduce the hazards associated with the disease. A good, healthy diet, regular exercise and timely medications will pitch in a lot of help.

Attitudes are of essence, involve yourself in new activities, keep yourself busy and focused on other things instead of magnifying the affliction. Life any which way is a challenge so take it in your stride. Maintain a positive outlook and be a winner.

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