In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, there is too much GLUCOSE in the blood and not enough in the cells of the body, and many of the signs of both types of diabetes are similar.
High glucose levels in Type I are due to a lack of insulin because the insulin-producing cells have been destroyed. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin that is being produced. Either way, the cells are not getting the glucose they need, and the body lets one know by giving the person certain signs and symptoms.
The early symptoms of untreated diabetes are related to elevated blood sugar levels, and loss of glucose in the urine.
Here are the 8 common signs and symptoms of diabetes you should not ignore:
Frequent urination and increased thirst
Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood. If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can’t filter glucose back to the blood and may become overwhelmed and try to draw extra water out of the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps the bladder full and it keeps you running to the bathroom.
Dehydration causes the feeling of unquenchable thirst wherein it feels like you can’t get enough water and you’re drinking much more than usual.