Diabetes has a lot of both subtle and evident signs. And, as you probably guessed, the real problem is with the subtle ones. Knowing them could lead you one step closer to the truth: “I’m always thirsty. Could it be diabetes?” It could be… But excessive thirst is also caused by too much salt intake or certain meds that can bring about dry mouth, such as antihypertensive drugs.
This uncertainty about whether you’re having or not diabetes is pretty common among Americans. In fact, one in four don’t know they live with diabetes until it’s too late—undiagnosed diabetes can lead to serious health issues such as coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy, gum disease, gastroparesis, glaucoma, cataracts, and even blindness.
According to Aaron Cypess, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Joslin Diabetes Center, most people are unaware that they have diabetes in its early or even middle phases.
The CDC’s recommendation is to get tested at least twice a year, especially when you’re overweight or when some close family members are already dealing with the disease. Plus, as soon as you’ll know more about diabetes, you can easily spot its signs you might experience at some point. Or, you might already have diabetes without knowing it.
No matter the situation, we’ve highlighted the subtle signs of diabetes to give you a clear picture of the seventh leading cause of death in our country. Also, the National Diabetes Month, November, comes knocking at our doors, so it’s an excellent opportunity to talk about it with your friends and family.
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