Do You Have Diabetes?

OKRA News #06

By Diane Hwang

Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. This prevents you from breaking down glucose (or “blood sugar”) and using it for energy. If your insulin levels are too low, your blood sugar levels can become too high, leading to serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and damage to vital organs.

What are the signs of diabetes?

f you have diabetes, or you’re at risk, it’s important to check for signs of diabetes as soon as possible, so you can receive a diabetes diagnosis and begin diabetes treatment.

Common signs of diabetes include:

  • Extreme hunger or thirst
  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Yeast infections

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a rare form of diabetes in which your body produces no insulin at all. Signs of type 1 diabetes include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Yeast infections in a prepubescent girl
  • Bedwetting in an adult
  • Sudden weight loss

Early Signs of Diabetes

If your blood sugar is too low but you don’t qualify for a diabetes diagnosis, you may be classified as “prediabetic.” Risk factors include:

  • Being a man over the age of 45
  • A family history of diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Weight problems
  • Poor circulation
  • Smoking, alcoholism, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle factors

How to test for diabetes?

If you think you may be diabetic or prediabetic, you should get a diabetes test as soon as possible. You can perform a home diabetes test yourself. You will need diabetic testing supplies, including the best diabetes test strips you can get and ideally a full diabetes test kit.

You can buy diabetic test strips or a diabetes test kit online from Okra.

When you have your results, consult your physician to determine whether you need a diabetes diagnosis and how to mitigate your risk factors or pursue diabetes treatment.


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