Tell Me the Symptoms of Diabetes
Tell me the symptoms of diabetes – is a question often asked a relative, or friend is diagnosed with diabetes? Perhaps you are wondering if you are also at risk of developing the condition. Well, let me ask you some questions. Do you like to eat sweets a lot? Are you fond of drinking soda everyday? If you answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions, then chances are you are likely to develop diabetes.
It has been often mentioned in the television shows, health magazines, health books and internet that diabetes is a chronic systemic disease wherein there is an insufficient supply of insulin in the body, or the body has a lessened ability to make use of insulin. The common risk factors for this disease are genes and dietary intake. If one of your relatives, or ancestors, has been diagnosed with diabetes, there’s a big possibility that you might be, too, at some point in time. If you are the kind of person who loves to eat sweets and fat rich foods, then you are not exempted from the clutches of this deadly disease. I say ‘deadly’ since a lot of diabetics die not because of old age but because of aggravated complications of the disease.
If by now you are thinking, “Well, tell me the symptoms of diabetes”, then read on. There are three classic symptoms, or manifestations, of diabetes. Take note that these symptoms are indicative of the disease only, not definitive.
The three classic symptoms are: polyuria, polydipsia and polyphagia. If you are adept with the English language, you’d know that the term “poly” means “many” or “numerous” or “increase”. This should give you a pretty good idea of the meaning of these words, but we will examine each one more closely
Polyuria pertains to increased frequency in urination. To differentiate between polyuria and that of normal urinary frequency, compare your previous urinary frequency to your current pattern of urination. For example, if previously you urinated once every hour, and now you have been urinating say 4-5 times per hour, then you could have polyuria and possibly diabetes.
Polydipsia on the other hand means increased in fluid intake due to increased thirst. To connect what’s happening, since you are constantly letting out fluid in polyuria, then it’s no surprise that your body will compensate and tell you that you need more water. It makes sense, right? So an increase in thirst is also a common indicator of diabetes.
When the disease progresses further, polyphagia, or increase in hunger and food intake, can occur. To differentiate between healthy appetite and this manifestation, check your weight regularly. If you have been eating a lot lately but losing weight, then there is a good chance, my friend, that you could have polyphagia.
If you have any of these three symptoms, don’t despair. Go to your doctor and have yourself examined. He will run some blood and urine tests on you to come up with a correct diagnosis. Tthese three classic symptoms, otherwise known as the three P’s, could be due to many things and a doctor is in the best position to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Maybe you are just under stress and it’s your body’s way of coping. There’s no use in getting worried over something when it could turn out to be nothing. While these are common symptoms of diabetes, they are also common to other conditions.