Diabetes: Symptoms, Types & Treatment Plans

Diabetes Type 2 Symptoms:

Yeast Infections
Both men and women with diabetes can suffer from these infections. Yeast fungi feed on glucose, so if you have a lot of it, they can have fun. These infections can develop into warm and moist areas. They usually occur between the fingers and toes, under the breasts, and in and around the genitals.

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Healing of (Cut) Wounds
Over time, high blood sugar can impair blood flow and make it harder for wounds to heal. This means wounds are less likely to stop bleeding and/or heal.

Diabetes Type 1 Symptoms:

Weight Loss
When the body can’t get energy from food, it starts burning muscle and fat instead. This causes you to unconsciously lose weight and muscle mass. This is not a big deal at first, but unconscious weight loss is incredibly bad for your health.

Nausea & Vomiting
When the body starts burning fat instead of sugar, it produces “ketones”. These ketones can cause you to feel nauseous and eventually vomit. Caution. Ketones can build up in the blood to dangerous levels. This is also called diabetic ketoacidosis and is a life-threatening condition. The final question to answer is when is it time to see your doctor?

When Should You Contact the Doctor

If you are over 45 years old or have other risks for diabetes, it is important to get tested. Recognizing symptoms early can prevent consequences such as nerve damage and heart problems. And keep the following rule in mind when in doubt about seeing the doctor:

  • Do you feel sick, weak and very thirsty?
  • Do you have to go to the restroom often?
  • Do you have frequent abdominal pain?
  • Are you breathing deeper and faster than normal?
  • Do you have sweet breath that smells like nail polish remover?

Treatment Plans for Diabetes

Your doctor will test your blood sugar and, if you are diagnosed with diabetes, set up a treatment plan consisting of diabetes medications to regulate blood sugar levels/insulin and lifestyle changes, such as special diabetes diets. Lifestyle changes are very helpful for both types of diabetes, but can only cure type 2 diabetes. For more information and to find out what foods you should and should not eat for healthy blood sugar levels, start your online search here:

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