Early Onset Diabetes
Early onset diabetes refers to Type 1 diabetes. The term Type 1 diabetes has replaced many other terms such as childhood-onset diabetes, juvenile diabetes, and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
Early onset diabetes occurs earlier in life than adult onset diabetes.
Symptoms of early onset diabetes
The most obvious symptom of diabetes mellitus is increased blood sugar levels. In Type I (early onset diabetes), this is caused by the inability of the body to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar.
However, cannot be detected without the necessary equipment. Therefore, it is useful to know the side-effects of high blood sugar, which you can observe literally by your own eyes.
If you find that you are experiencing any of these diabetes symptoms for a long period of time, you should consult a doctor to be tested for diabetes. Ignoring or not recognizing the symptoms of diabetes can lead to long-term complications.
Some of the early symptoms of diabetes are:
- Excessive thirst (unconnected to exercise, weather, or short-term illness)
- Excessive hunger (you are hungry even though you have eaten enough)
- Frequent urination
- Tiredness and fatigue, even though you rest a lot
- Rapid and/or sudden weight loss
If diabetes is diagnosed when these symptoms first start appearing, other more serious symptoms of advanced diabetes can be prevented. This is done through diet, exercise and proper blood sugar management.
But if the initial symptoms are not recognized and diagnosed, they following advanced diabetes symptoms may appear
- Blurred vision
- Numbness and/or tingling in the limbs (peripheral neuropathy)
- Slow healing of minor injuries and wounds, due to damage to immune system.
- Recurrent or hard to treat yeast infections in women
- Dry or itchy skin, due to lack of proper blood flow
If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you observe these in someone else, a doctor should be immediately consulted.