Undiagnosed diabetes can turn dangerous. Know the warning signs!
Diabetes is a manageable disease, but when ignored the consequences can be grave. If you sense something is wrong in yourself or your child, don't hesitate to call you doctor. A life may depend on it! Stay alert for the following warning signs:
- Constant thirst – Are you gulping down glass after glass of water? If your thirst has become unquenchable, talk with your doctor.
- Frequent urination – A lack of insulin often causes the kidneys to withdraw water from your blood, causing a fuller bladder and a more persistent need to use the restroom.
- Unexplained weight loss – If you notice sudden weight loss in your child or teenager, he may be a type 1 diabetic. As insulin production shuts down, the body will use fat and muscle tissue as an energy source.
- Insatiable hunger – Along with weight loss, type 1 diabetics will experience intense hunger as their body grasps for an energy source.
- Neuropathy – A tingling sensation in the hands or feet caused by nerve damages may present itself in type 2 diabetes patients who have gone undiagnosed for years.
- Slow healing cuts and bruises – A common problem for type 2 diabetics, even those receiving treatment, is a slow healing injury. In these cases, professional medical attention is often necessary to prevent infection.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, we can help. Our diabetes management program can provide the education, resources, and support you need to transition to this new lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (972) 519-1207.