Tired, Thirsty, Tingly? These Symptoms Might Point to a Major Health Issue
Type 2 diabetes can be tricky. Sometimes this metabolic disorder can be active – with telltale blood sugars spikes and insulin resistance — without demonstrating obvious symptoms. That’s why the disease is often dubbed “silent.” Not everyone notices when blood sugar levels are high. Some feel no symptoms at all as the disease slowly progresses.
When this happens, it’s called uncontrolled diabetes, and the resulting damage can affect nearly every organ in your body. The disease can even be both uncontrolled and undiagnosed. Of the 30 million adults with diabetes in 2015, more than 7 million were undiagnosed.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to these signs type 2 diabetes is wreaking havoc, and see your health care provider as soon as possible to prevent complications.
- Extreme thirst/frequent urination
When blood sugar builds up in your system, your kidneys try to get rid of it by flushing excess sugar out with urine. Besides making extra trips to the bathroom, you may end of feeling dehydrated or dizzy.
- Chronic dry mouth/sweet or fruity-smelling breath
This is caused by a chemical called acetone, which is produced when blood glucose is high and body breaks down fat for energy. It’s also a sign of ketoacidosis, as serious complication which occurs when the body produces excess blood acids called ketones.
- Being hungry without gaining weight, or unexplained weight loss
Decreased glucose metabolism can make you extra hungry while not causing weight gain, or even causing weight loss.
- Slow-healing sores and frequent infections, such as urinary tract infections
Diabetes impairs your body’s ability to resist infections and can slow healing.
- Extreme tiredness
When sugar stays in blood rather than getting into cells where it is used for energy, it can result in fatigue.
- Blurry Vision
High blood sugar causes the lenses in your eyes to swell, changing their shape and resulting in difficulty focusing and blurred vision.
- Tingling/numbness in hands/feet
Nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy can cause tingling and numbness of extremities.
Dr. Sharma is a primary care physician at CHI Health Clinic Family Medicine (Benson).