Diabetes affects approximately 29.1 million Americans, and with such a high prevalence most people think they know just about everything in regards to the disease.
Not every case of diabetes symptoms presents the obvious; unquenchable thirst, nonstop bathroom trips, and numbness in your hands or feet. This is all pretty common knowledge, so you may be wondering what is left to learn about diabetes.
Well, believe it or not, there are some symptoms that you may not be as aware of, and if you’re not, you could be overlooking tell-tale signs that you are at risk for diabetes.
If you recognize these other subtle diabetes symptoms, you will hopefully avoid a diagnosis of diabetes and the complications which come along with it.
4 surprising diabetes symptoms
Your skin is changing, for the worse
Dark, velvety patches in the folds of skin, usually on the back of the neck, elbows, or knuckles, are often an early warning sign of very high blood sugar levels and diabetes symptoms.
The changes are due to a condition called acanthosis nigrican, and more often than not these skin changes are a result of diabetes. High blood sugar is linked with the growth of skin cells and melanin – what pigments skin.
Your vision has slightly improved
Of all the diabetes symptoms, this is probably the most unique one.You’ll often read that blurry vision is a diabetes symptom when, in fact, vision can change for better or worse.
This is because diabetes can change fluid levels in the body and the change can include your eyes. One day you may have good vision and days later you don’t. To put it simply, any changes to your vision should be reported – good or bad.
Your hearing is changing
If you find yourself cranking the volume on the TV or you can’t get through a conversation without asking people to repeat themselves, tell your doctor you need a blood sugar test.
A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed that hearing loss can be caused by pre-diabetes. Higher than normal blood sugar readings (but slightly below what would be considered diabetic) were associated with a 30% increase in hearing loss. Researchers believe that blood vessels and nerves in the ear become damaged with diabetes, resulting in poor hearing.
You’re nonstop itchy
Diabetes impairs blood circulation, which can lead to dryness and itchiness. If moisturizers and creams don’t aid in the itch, you definitely want to mention it to your doctor to prompt them to check your sugar levels.
These are just four of the unusual ways diabetes can present itself, so it’s essential to recognize them and have your blood sugar levels checked.
Although these diabetes symptoms may not result in an immediate diagnosis, they are very much telling you that the condition is on its way, so you should embark on healthy lifestyle habits to better prevent it.