Diabetes has been called the "silent killer" because it's hard to identify the signs of it. Diabetes can destroy some of your organs before you even know you have it.
For people with diabetes, high blood glucose is basically a poison. Cells in your body rely on glucose to provide them with energy, but it's important to have normal levels of glucose in your blood.
Glucose comes from things like fruit and the digestion of carbohydrates. Glucose is then transported through your blood. In order to use it for energy, your body needs insulin.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large organ in your abdomen. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin and rely on injections. People with type 2 diabetes may have insulin in the beginning, but their bodies aren't able to use it.
It's important to keep an eye out for these early signs of diabetes:
- Significant increase in thirst and urinating. May be accompanied by dry mouth.
- Increased hunger.
- Weakness or fatigue.
- Unexplained weight loss, particularly if you're eating more.
- Frequent infections, scratches take longer to heal.
- Blurred vision.
Of course, healthy diet and exercise can help prevent diabetes. Even if you have diabetes, it can be managed effectively.
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