Diabetes is one of those diseases that frequently have symptoms that don’t garner a lot of attention from those that have it. As a result the disease is often not diagnosed until the person has had the disease for a number of years. Early detection is critical to avoid many of the more serious complications that can arise from diabetes. It is important to consider: Do I have diabetes?
Diabetes can occur in people of any age or race, though some groups of people are at higher risk of developing diabetes than others are. African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Americans of Asian descent are the most likely to develop diabetes.
There are three different tests your doctor can perform to determine if you have diabetes, the A1C test, the fasting plasma glucose test, and the oral glucose tolerance test. The glucose levels that result from these tests will determine if you have diabetes or not.
There are two types of diabetes, both of which have their own list of symptoms. Type One diabetes patients usually present with the need to urinate often, increased thirstiness, excessive hunger, unexpected weight loss, and/or excessive fatigue and irritability.
Type Two diabetes patients can present all of the same symptoms that Type One presents with, but also may include higher incidences of infections, blurry vision, slow healing wounds, numbness in the extremities, and re-occurring gum or bladder infections.
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms it is important to weigh in other risk factors because people with Type Two diabetes often do not present with any signs. The American Diabetes Association has created an online assessment that you can take on their webpage at diabetes.org. You will be presented with a series of questions to determine whether or not you may be at higher risk of developing Type Two diabetes, and will advise those who are to visit their doctor to be tested. This is a great way to answer the question: Do I have diabetes?
The main difference between the two types of diabetes is the manner in which the bodies fail to utilize glucose properly. Type One diabetes is an autoimmune disease. When you have Type One your body will destroy its own insulin producing cells that are located in the pancreas. The majority of the cases appear before age 40, and it is not preventable. They are normally in good health, and are not over weight when this form of diabetes forms. People with this type of diabetes will rely on insulin to stay alive for the rest of their lives.
Type Two diabetes usually occurs because of lifestyle choices that people make. It is very common in obese and unfit people.
Normally, this type of diabetes does not occur until after a person has been unfit or obese for a long period of time, so it is important to take steps to improve your health before symptoms start. Type Two diabetics either do not produce diabetes or the insulin does not work properly.
While it may not be possible to reverse or heal Type One diabetes, it can be managed with proper care and supervision. Type Two can often be reversed with proper diet and taking steps to get one self in good shape again. The important first step is to find out if you have diabetes, and that begins by asking yourself: Do I have diabetes?