Type 2 diabetes is not cancer, but it would be a shocking diagnosis for most of us, especially if there are fearsome stories of diabetes complications in our family. Admittedly, diabetes is associated with many consequences such as renal failure, eye problems, diabetic foot, and many other striking examples on the internet. However, not every patient experiences this type of complications, and when they do it is either caused by a very late diagnosis or incorrect handling and control over the disease. In every case, prevention is the key to avoid complications and additional ailments associated with type 2 diabetes.
If you are suspecting diabetes, and if you already have other family members with this disease, there are a series of signs and symptoms you can check in your case. They are usually detected in patients with an early onset of type 2 diabetes and may help you Recognize this disease early enough to start a preventative treatment and reduce the risk of developing most of the consequences associated with diabetes.
In this article, we are going to cover the most frequent signs and symptoms in the early onset of diabetes:
1Increased volume and frequency of urination
This is commonly one of the first symptoms patients with type 2 diabetes report. There is an increase in the volume of urination, and they usually need to visit the bathroom too much, and often during the night as well. This increased frequency often comes with urgency to urinate as well, and sometimes patients report urinary incontinence and other problems.
Since they don’t really know they have diabetes yet, these patients have an already high level of blood sugar. The kidneys maintain such high levels of blood sugar in the blood until they reach an upper threshold when they start leaking to the urine. Thus, patient’s urine becomes sweet as a result of excess sugar that was eliminated through the urine. But as a side effect, increased glucose in the urine creates an imbalance of solute, and the organism tries to compensate by dragging water to the urine to dilute the excess. That’s why people urinate more and may even feel the urge to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Throughout the disease, an increase in the volume of urination serves as a sign that something is not working as it should with the medication because it is indicative that our blood sugar levels are high enough to reach the threshold of the kidneys and start leaking to the urine.