Diabetes Symptoms

The symptoms of diabetes can vary a bit depending on the type of diabetes one has. In Type 1 diabetes symptoms, it is typical to have to urinate frequently which is referred to as polyuria. In addition, you may be frequently thirsty (polydipsia) and will drink quite a bit. Along with increased thirst, you may want for more food – an increased appetite. Interestingly, despite more food and fluid intake, weight loss may occur. These diabetes symptoms may occur rather quickly in Type One diabetes patients. Type Two diabetes symptoms in patients develop slower.

The reason a diabetic may lose weight seems illogical but given the physiological explanation, it makes perfect sense. When the sugar or glucose level in the blood is higher than it should be, the kidneys cannot absorb its requisite amount of it. Therefore, the remaining sugar stays in the urine which prevents the kidneys from reabsorbing the water. Therefore, the water so needed by the body is voided thereby causing dehydration, water loss, weight loss and, of course, thirst. Dehydration is a more common Type 2 diabetes symptom.

If sugar levels in the blood remain high over a longer period of time, changes to the retina in the eyes can occur causing blurred vision. In addition, diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to acetone in the breath. Acetone smell is unmistakable because it is the only component in nail polish remover.

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