You hear it more and more often: western people are getting too heavy or even obese. As a result, the number of Diabetes patients is rising every year. Diabetes is therefore often called a luxury problem, but don’t take it lightly. This chronic disease is deadly! There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is usually quick to spot, as the symptoms appear after just a few days or weeks. While type 2 is a lot slower-acting or may only appear at a later age. The big question is: what are the symptoms, when should you go to the doctor with this, and what can you do about it?
Hunger & Fatigue
When you eat something, your body is supposed to convert it into glucose. This substance ensures that you have enough energy to get through the day. To get that energy your cells need insulin and this is the big problem with diabetes: the body makes little or no insulin. If it is too little or even no insulin produced, it gets too little glucose and creates a hungry and tired feeling.
More Frequent Urination & Thirsty
Most people need to go to the bathroom about 3 to 7 times a day to urinate. Unfortunately, this is not true for diabetic patients. How can this be? Normally, the body reabsorbs the leftover glucose as it passes through the kidneys, but when your blood sugar levels are too high, the kidneys can’t handle it, so you have to go to the bathroom to urinate more often. Being thirsty is a result of urinating a lot. If you urinate a lot, you can get thirsty, and you will drink more and from this, you will urinate even more. So try not to give in to thirst too much, or you will end up in a vicious circle. Read on quickly on the next page and find out which symptoms belong to which type of diabetes.