Early Warning Signs: The First Indications of Diabetes

What are the signs of diabetes that you should look out for? Did you know, that diabetic nerve pain is actually one of the signs of diabetes that many people ignore at first?

Diabetic nerve pain is actually called peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition that affects your ability to feel pain. Around 60% of the 21 million Americans who suffer from diabetes also have diabetic neuropathy.

Numbness and Peripheral Neuropathy

Numbness is a sign of diabetes that is often attributed to some other problem. Many think that diabetic neuropathy only occurs in the feet. This is factually incorrect. Numbness or tingling in your arms or hands could also be signs of diabetes.

While this may not seem like such a big deal, people with neuropathy are approximately 10 times more likely to suffer from amputations of toes and fingers in the future than those who do not suffer from diabetes. Another problem that many may not be aware of is the fact that autonomic nerves can also be damaged by the diabetes.

The autonomic nervous system is our involuntary nervous system that controls functions such as breathing and heartbeat. So, the very vital signals that are sent to and from the brain to your organs are disrupted. This can be life-threatening, and you may not recognize these problems as signs of diabetes.

The peripheral nerves are the longest in the body. Unfortunately, they are usually the first to be affected by diabetes. Conditions such as muscle weakness, numbness, and nerve pain can be signs of diabetes that should not be ignored.

More Early Symptoms of Diabetes

Other symptoms that could be signs of diabetes are: cramping or pain, muscle weakness in either your hands or your feet, feelings of pins and needles in any part of the body, heat and cold insensitivity, and difficulty walking. Any of these signs of diabetes are serious and must be evaluated by a physician.

Simply ignoring any of the above symptoms, could result in not only loss of limb, but your life as well. Your doctor should immediately evaluate any signs of diabetes that you think you may have and if you have diabetes, began an appropriate plan of treatment.

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