Diabetes symptoms: Noticed changes to your eyesight? You may have diabetes


Diabetes UK says: “No individual is the same. The symptoms you experience won’t exactly match those of another person.

“However, the most common symptoms experienced by many people with diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, feeling tired and losing weight.”

It says other common diabetes symptoms include:

  • Genital itching or thrush.
  • Cuts and wounds take longer to heal.
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Increased hunger.

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Drinking more water is important for glucose control because it allows the body to flush any excess sugar.

Carbohydrate intake should also be managed efficiently, as the body breaks downs down the nutrient into sugar.

High blood sugar, known as hyperglycaemia, can affect people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

The NHS notes: “Hyperglycaemia should not be confused with hypoglycaemia, which is when a person’s blood sugar level drops too low.”

Diabetes UK says: “Hyperglycaemia, or a hyper, can happen when your blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high – usually above 7mmol/l before a meal and above 8.5mmol/l two hours after a meal.”

This happens because the body either cannot produce enough insulin to process the sugar in the blood or it cannot use the insulin effectively enough.

Despite this, when your blood sugar levels are slightly higher than normal, you will not usually experience any symptoms.

It is normal for blood glucose levels to go up and down slightly throughout the day. Nonetheless, there are a number of ways to treat hyperglycaemia.


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