Diabetes just by itself is enough of a problem for those carrying the illness. That’s not to mention the host of other health problems that can crop up along the way! It’s a disease that affects life, and lifestyle, in many different ways, and there’s not always a solution to each issue.
That being said, it is possible to help yourself if you know what to look for. Diabetes sufferers often possess a specific set of symptoms which relate to another, more serious problem. By catching these symptoms early on, the problem can be fought – and potentially fixed!
Diabetes and the kidneys are directly related. Diabetes affects the blood vessels in the kidneys, meaning that they cannot clean your blood properly. This can result in waste building up in your blood, as well as your body holding more water and salt than necessary.
Difficulties include the inability to empty your bladder, kidney failure and urine tract infections. To solve these issues, or at the very least catch them early on, it’s recommended to have your urine checked for protein regularly. If you show any of these symptoms – swollen ankles, excessive weight gain – visit your doctor immediately! Quick treatment can halt these effects.
Kidney failure in diabetes sufferers is also commonly caused by medication like Invokana. Invokana injuries also range from strokes and heart attacks, so make sure you’re aware of the risks before getting a prescription.
Patients suffering from any type of diabetes are more prone to heart disease. Other related issues include high blood pressure, and fluctuating blood sugar levels. Your first port of call will be to stay on the lookout for any of the basic signs of a heart attack or stroke. These include:
- Feeling dizzy and faint
- Chest pains
- Sickness/being sick
- Blurred vision or difficulty speaking
- Painful headaches
If you suddenly gain two or more of these symptoms, you must visit your nearest hospital immediately. It could be nothing, but it could also be a serious issue. Better safe than sorry!
However, there are a couple of things you can do to delay the onset of, and possibly even prevent, any heart attacks or failure. For starters, you can stop smoking – smoking doubles your chances of a heart attack.
Secondly, if you remove your central obesity, you can reduce the risk of heart disease. Central obesity refers to the amount of weight you’re carrying around your waist. This type of fat can increase your cholesterol, and deposits blood fat on the inside of your vessels.
Your feet are also at risk if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, and loss of feeling in your feet. To prevent infection, it’s essential that you keep your feet and skin healthy and attend to any cuts or sores.
And finally, that high blood sugar can also cause a condition known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition which affects the nerves up and down our body. Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of feeling. You must consult a doctor if you experience any of these on a long-term basis!
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