The number of diabetic patients over the age of 30 has exceeded 6 million. Diabetes mellitus can negatively affect every organ in the body, from the kidneys to the heart, so early diagnosis is important.
The common symptoms of diabetes, such as thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, and weight changes, are well known, but some are subtle and easy to miss. An unknown symptom of diabetes was presented by the American science web magazine ‘Cytech Daily’.
1. The wound is not healing well
If your wounds take longer than usual to heal, you may have diabetes. Wounds that do not heal well are a common problem experienced by people with diabetes, and can have many causes, including high blood sugar levels, nerve damage, and poor circulation. It can also dry out and crack the skin.
2. A yeast infection occurs
A common symptom of diabetes in women is frequent vaginitis. Yeast infections caused by a fungus called Candida albicans that lives in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina are more common in people with diabetes who have high blood sugar levels. The fungus lives in a healthy balance with bacteria and other microbes, and infections can occur if changes in immunity or high blood sugar disrupt the balance. It can occur anywhere in a warm, moist place, such as under the armpits and inside the folds of the skin. If you have a good immune system, you can usually fight off the infection on your own, but if you have diabetes and your immunity is weakened, you may need the help of antifungal medication.
3. Blurred vision
Blurred vision can be an early sign of diabetes, even if you don’t have other diabetes symptoms, such as frequent urination or extreme thirst. There is also evidence that visual impairment begins in the prediabetic period, when blood sugar is not yet within the diagnostic range for diabetes. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the retina and blur vision, leading to a disease called diabetic retinopathy where new blood vessels that leak into the retina are blocked. create However, there are various reasons for blurred vision, so if you have symptoms, consult your doctor.
4. Loss of concentration
Brain fog refers to a condition where memory, concentration, attention, etc. deteriorate as the person becomes dazed. It can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, other health problems, or certain medications, but it can also be a sign of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause brain fog for a variety of reasons. Irregular fluctuations in blood sugar can lead to anxiety or cognitive problems. In addition, diabetes damages blood vessels and reduces oxygen and nutrients delivered to the brain. Because there are so many causes, it is important to seek medical attention if you have symptoms.
5. Digestive problems
Diabetes can also cause digestive problems. High blood sugar can lead to a condition called gastroparesis, which slows the movement of digested food into the small intestine. Even after eating a small amount, feeling full, nausea, loss of appetite, and abdominal bloating are common symptoms. Diabetes is one of the most common causes of gastritis.