Are you really aging quickly or could it be Diabetes?
The next time you wake up feeling way older than your age, then trudge through the day with low energy, a not-so-good mood, and worries, consider these 5 signs of aging and let them you that extra push you need to see your doctor.
1.Feeling tired most of the time, sluggish, lack of energy and even some hearing loss.
- These seem like normal signs of aging, however: Not always. They could actually be symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
The 2017 statistics from the Centers For Disease Control and the American Diabetes Association show that over 30 million of us are diabetics.
Of these, however, over 8 million either don’t know they’re diabetics or have not been formally diagnosed, but all the signs are there.
- People age 45 and older are at highest risk.
One of the problems is that you could feel perfectly fine and have undiagnosed diabetes.
Before you write your symptoms off as part of aging, consider these other warning signs:
If you find it harder to hear conversations clearly, or if your vision is getting more out of focus when you try to read, it may not only mean that your body is aging.
- Research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss as people without the disease.
- Diabetes harms blood vessels and nerves, including those found in the ears and eyes.
When your blood sugar is higher than normal, it damages your circulation.
- Eyesight becomes impaired because high blood sugar changes the shape of the lens, the structure in the eye that is necessary for focusing. Cataracts and Diabetic Retinopathy may also be the cause.
Older people may lack the energy they used to have, leading them to feel grouchy or irritable. However, Type 2 Diabetes may explain exhaustion and a touchy mood in some people.
- With diabetes, glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood circulation before being secreted in urine rather than being transported to your cells for energy.
- When this happens, you’re going to feel tired, hungry, sluggish, and have low energy, because that fuel pathway isn’t working the way it’s supposed to.
A study published in May 2016 in the journal PLoS One, found that other factors — like depression, hypertension, impaired glycemic control, inflammation, and other heart and metabolic problems in older adults —are each associated with an increased risk of diabetes.
- People may urinate more often as they grow older, and Diabetes could be a cause.
- For people with diabetes, sugar in the blood stays in the bloodstream instead of getting into the body’s cells.
- The only way to get the sugar out of the body is to flush it out in the urine, and that dehydrates you and makes you really thirsty.
People with diabetes often try to quench extreme thirst by drinking soda or other sugary beverages. This can trigger a vicious cycle.
- High blood sugar levels over prolonged periods of time can lead to kidney, circulation and heart damage. Read about these through the links at the bottom of the page.
Some people start “shrinking” as the years go by, I’m sure you’ve seen that. It’s often attributed to weight loss and appears to be a normal sign of aging.
However: Any sort of unexplained weight loss — if someone’s not trying to lose weight — really needs to be looked at.
People with uncontrolled diabetes tend to lose weight because they’re not getting all the fuel from the food they’re eating. They are losing these calories in their urine.
Some of the symptoms often attributed to getting older, such as numbing or tingling of the hands and feet, dry and/or itchy skin and wounds that just don’t heal or take longer than normal to heal, could actually point to circulation damage caused by long-term or uncontrolled Diabetes.
- Many of these symptoms occur because the blood vessels and nerves are damaged by the excessive amounts of glucose.
- This damage prevents nutrients, fluids, oils, and oxygen from getting where they need to go in the body. *Read more about this connection by clicking the link at the end of this article.
Knowing Your Risks For Diabetes Is Important.
Because the symptoms of Diabetes can be subtle, it’s essential to assess your own risks or get tested for Diabetes at your doctor’s office, and not wait until you notice the early signs.
- Do you have a family history of diabetes?
- Are you overweight?
- Are you older?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you going to the doctor regularly?
- Are you getting the tests needed to check your cholesterol and fasting blood sugar?
Insight on these factors can help you decide whether your symptoms are simply signs of aging or are more serious.
You can avoid diabetes complications by being diagnosed as early as possible, and start consulting a qualified physician along with making the diet and lifestyle changes necessary.
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