Diabetes is a disease that occurs when glucose levels in the blood are too high, damaging the eyes, kidneys and nerves, in some cases.
Not everyone diagnosed with diabetes has the usual symptoms like thirst, numbness in the hands or feet, unexplained weight loss and frequent urination.
Today, we’d like to talk to you about some of the lesser known symptoms of diabetes. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you need to pay attention and see your doctor immediately.
One of the lesser known symptoms of diabetes appears when the glucose levels in the blood exceed healthy values, leading to dry, itchy skin.
The itching can occur on the hands, arms, legs and feet. So if your skin is irritated or itchy, make sure it isn’t caused by the weather. If not, get your blood glucose checked.
Diabetes affects blood circulation and the extremities are where this skin irritation typically occurs.
Dandruff or dry scalp
Many people never imagine that this could be a symptom of diabetes. When you have excess sugar in your blood, your body normally tries to eliminate it in the urine.
However, by removing excess liquid from the body, some areas begin to experience the effects of dehydration. This causes scales to form on the scalp, which is both uncomfortable and irritating.
It can also cause seborrheic dermatitits, commonly referred to as dandruff. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, it can spread to the entire scalp.
In addition, the inflammation in this area provides the right conditions for growth of the Pityrosporum fungus, causing dandruff.
This microorganism feeds off the scalp’s oils and can quickly spread in just a few days, manifesting as those familiar white flakes.
This symptom may surprise you a bit. Breathing problems during sleep can raise blood sugar levels. This condition is known as sleep apnea.
While it may be annoying, it’s best to prevent this symptom due to the fact that it can cause your body to release stress hormones during sleep that significantly raise glucose levels in the blood.
It’s essential to treat and prevent the onset of diabetes.
Snoring is associated with a number of illnesses that you might think have nothing to do with diabetes.
However, it can be a predominant factor for developing diabetes as it’s caused by interruptions to normal breathing as the muscle that constricts the airways relaxes.
Snoring makes it difficult for oxygen to enter the lungs which interrupts glucose metabolism.
Did you know that hearing loss can be a sign of diabetes?
If you notice that you have to keep turning the volume up on the TV because it’s hard for you to hear or if you have to ask other people to repeat things a lot, tell your doctor.
Several studies have shown that hearing loss can be a sign of the onset of diabetes.
Those with elevated blood sugar levels are more likely to have auditory problems than those with healthy glucose levels.
This is due to the fact that really high glucose levels damage the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, impairing their function.
We recommend reading: Ringing in Your Ears: How to Reduce it with Your Diet
Changes in vision
Diabetes produces changes in the body’s fluids and this can affect your vision. This is a really common symptom. Some patients may actually begin to see better before being diagnosed with the disease.
You may suddenly no longer need your glasses because you can see well without them. When this happens, the improvement is not permanent. Once glucose levels are stabilized, the patient again needs to wear corrective lenses.
But don’t worry, this is not the same as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels behind the eye become blocked.
In the early stages of diabetes, the eyes are unable to focus because glucose levels are too high.
This can cause changes in shape of the eyes, but that doesn’t mean that you will lose your vision to diabetes.
These symptoms are often ignored because they’re generally associated with other diseases.
If you notice any of these changes in your body, including the more common symptoms, you should see a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.