Experts have warned that diabetes might go undiagnosed for many years, which can cause various health issues. An increase in desire for food and water and urgency to go to the washroom repeatedly can be the earliest sign of the disease. These symptoms can be so tiny that they can be ignored easily, said the experts. Blood sugar levels are controlled by the hormone called insulin, when it stops functioning properly; sugar levels in the bloodstream go high. Diabetes UK, a healthcare professional and research charity based in the UK has said that nearly one in five people who are suffering from diabetes might need treatment for diabetic nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy is a condition where diabetes leads to kidney damage. Increased blood sugar levels harm small blood vessels and filters in the kidney, said the experts. It can cause a leaky kidney and it will stop the way it should function. They have said that if this condition is detected early enough kidney damage can be prevented and diabetes as well can be kept in control. As per the experts, blood in the urine is one of the earliest signs of a leaky kidney. Experts have warned that as this condition grows the hands may swell along with feet and ankles. People dealing with this condition might suffer from a niggling sense of nausea and shortness of breath said the experts.
Experts have claimed this condition can result in many other health issues, therefore, people should seek professional advice as they start to spot these signs or consult their general physician. Doctors can conduct a blood test to determine sugar levels, which will decide whether the person has diabetes or not. Health experts have said that a urine test as well will be needed to test for proteins to detect kidney damage. If a person is diagnosed with both diabetes and kidney disease, his or her treatment will be determined by their current health status. If diabetes is not managed properly, health issues such as eye problems, foot problems, heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, cancer, sexual issues, and gum disease as well can occur. Apart from an increase in hunger, thrust, and urination, there are some other signs of the condition, which need to be closely watched such as feeling tired, unusual weight loss, and genital thrush. Further signs of the disease include the slow healing of cuts and wounds. People with diabetes might also deal with blurred vision.
The charity Diabetes UK has claimed that around 12.3 million people in the UK are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Experts who are associated with the charity have said that nearly three out of five cases of type 2 diabetes can be avoided or halted. As per the medical professionals, there are three ways to reduce the risk of diabetes such as keeping a healthy weight, being physically active, and eating healthy food. The charity has advised people stating that people should indulge in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.