Recognizing Diabetes – Early Action Prevents Big Problems

Diabetes has become a very common major health issue. Almost 10% of the population of this country is living with diabetes.  Between a third and half of people affected by this disease do not even realize that have it.  Any adult who keeps regular appointments with their family physician is familiar with blood glucose monitoring or HbA1c testing used to monitor changes in carbohydrate metabolism.  It is the small changes to this system that first point to a diabetes diagnosis.  For the multitude of individuals who do not see a physician regularly, these annual or biannual tests are not performed.  You may not realize changes have occurred to your body’s metabolism until you experience alternations in your normal activities.


What are some the symptoms of diabetes?  If you fall into the last category, you are probably wondering what changes to look for.  Below is a list of symptoms you may experience if your body’s ability to metabolize sugars has been altered and developed diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Constant thirst no matter how much you drink
  • Extreme hunger no matter how much you eat
  • Weight loss – losing a few pounds is nice, but a quick unexplained loss of weight is a sign of something wrong
  • Visual distortion, most often blurry vision
  • Frequent infections – most commonly of the bladder, gums, or skin
  • Numbness or Tingling in your hands or feet - this is typically a late manifestation of uncontrolled diabetes, but if you have missed the other cues this is a common symptom.


If you experience any of these symptoms, do not pass go, do not collect $200, visit the nearest doctor and get treatment.  Sorry for the monopoly analogy, but it is imperative that you see a physician and follow through with treatments.  Any of the symptoms mentioned occur with high blood sugars.  When these sugars remain high for long periods of time, there is the potential for non-reversible damage to your body.  Because your feet are so critical to your daily activities and can be so easily affected by this disease, we recommend you visit us at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Keeping your sugars under control and visiting your Austin podiatrist can keep your feet happy and healthy!


Until next time Austin!

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