Diabetes is growing with alarming speed in the United States. There are 23 to 24 million Americans with diabetes today and 57 million Americans with pre diabetes. The numbers have reached epidemic proportions and are growing in volume daily.
Medical personnel are constantly stating two (2) facts that have a great deal to do with people who develop diabetes. Those 2 facts are (1) being overweight and (2) heredity. Being overweight can be changed with proper diet and exercise, but little can be done about heredity.
The number of diabetics is increasing and this disease is not contagious. A person becomes a diabetic because (1) he is born with diabetes, or (2) he becomes a diabetic because his body quits producing insulin or his body does not use insulin properly. The first kind of diabetes is known a s juvenile diabetes and the second kind is labeled type 2 diabetes.
What are the earliest symptoms of diabetes? Why isn’t there a warning sign so prevalent that you would know without a doubt you have diabetes? Most physicians and medical personnel proclaim high blood pressure is the silent killer! How about diabetes? Could it be another silent killer?
You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Then suddenly without warning, you have a heart attack or stroke!
Well, diabetes is much like high blood pressure. You can live for years with this disease and not know it until the complications of diabetes begin to show up! By that time, you will have prediabetes or metabolic syndrome or full blown type 2 diabetes. Why did you not know something was wrong before it developed to this point?
I am here to let you know there are warning signs! You, like most others, fail to pay attention to the symptoms. Because the symptom does not reach out and hit you upside the head, you shrug it off as no big deal.
It is a big deal! It is such a simple symptom. It could be a symptom for several things. Why would you consider it to be the first indication that you have diabetes? This symptom is Unexplained fatigue! You go to bed tired. You wake up in the morning tired! During the day you find yourself so fatigued, you have difficulty completing the day!
You have no reason that you know of to feel so tired!
When this happens to us, we pay no heed. We explain it away. We have been working too hard. We have a lot of stress at work. We haven’t been sleeping well. We can make a lot of excuses for why we feel so weary! We accept it as a way of life instead of talking to our doctor about it.
When we go to bed tired and we get up the next morning more tired than when we went to bed the night before, we need to pay heed! When the fatigue never goes away and we do not have an explanation for the extreme fatigue, we need to pay attention! Unexplained fatigue is the earliest symptom of diabetes!
Do not ignore this symptom! If there is no reason for you to be so tired all the time, then it could be high blood sugar levels. If you feel a bone-weary fatigue when you are not sick, or you have not been out partying late at night, or you have not been staying up late at night, then you need to go to the doctor and check it out. When you are so tired it is difficult for you to get through the day, then it is time to see the doctor! Extreme fatigue with no apparent reason is the earliest sign that your blood sugar levels are too high!
Insulin is used to help the cells absorb glucose, which is energy for the body. When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body does not properly use the insulin, the cells do not absorb the necessary glucose to supply energy to the body. Therefore, you begin to feel tired for no apparent reason!
If you have unexplained fatigue, talk to your doctor. There are several tests that can be performed to determine if your blood sugar levels are high! Simple blood sugar checks can be done prior to your meals to determine your blood sugar levels throughout the day. You can monitor your blood sugar levels over a few days and help your doctor determine if your blood sugar levels are high and if that is the reason for your unexplained fatigue.
If high blood sugar levels prove to be the culprit, then you can take steps to slow down or stop the complications of diabetes in your body. Most people do not know they have diabetes and it is left untreated for years. By the time they discover the diabetes, it has done much damage to some of their major organs. This can greatly affect their quality of life.
If you have fatigue, bone weary fatigue, that you cannot explain, then get to the doctor. Have him check your blood sugar levels and do whatever tests are necessary to prove you are or are not diabetic! The sooner you find out, the sooner you can begin to fight it and stop it in its tracks!
Live the great life you deserve!