Many individuals who have type II diabetes are not aware of it until they make a blood test or the condition progresses, and severe complications begin to occur.
According to the director of Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute, Ronald Tamler, MD, for the most part, this condition is insidious and silent.
Most people do not have early diabetes signs. However, in some cases, there are some sneaky diabetes signs. Certain early symptoms of diabetes are well-known such as sudden weight loss or gain, constant thirst, and excessive urination.
Other diabetes signs can be easily missed by the patients and the medical professionals.
Here Are the 9 Easily Missed Diabetes Signs
1. Strange Sensations in Your Limbs
Diabetes can affect and damage the nerves before you become aware that you have diabetes. Damaged nerves result in tingling, numb and burning sensations in your feet and hands.
In fact, this is very common when it comes to nerve compression in lumbar and cervical disc issues or other neurological disorders. However, it can also mean that you have type II diabetes.
Therefore, it is best not to ignore these diabetes signs.
2. Change in Vision
Diabetes can also affect your vision. Some individuals may notice floating objects right in front of the eyes, and on the other hand, some individuals may notice blurred vision that occurs because of rising in the blood sugar.
However, what is surprising is the fact that some individuals might even notice improvement regarding their vision. In most cases, the vision returns to its initial state once the diabetes treatments start.
However, if you notice any change in your vision consult your doctor and make sure to do some tests just to be sure and aware of your state.
3. Restless Nights
Another early and easily missed diabetes symptom is restlessness. It can occur due to frequent urination, disturbed sleep, sleep apnea and legs restlessness because of nerve damage.
A common indicator of type II diabetes is excessive stress, and that can lead to increased restlessness during the night. In case you have this symptom do not ignore it, you need to check it out and prevent further complications.
4. Skin Discoloration
This diabetes symptom is not widely discussed. However, it is possible that it can be an early sign of diabetes. In case you notice changes in the color of your skin on the neck, you need to check it out.
In addition, dark discoloration at the back of the neck may indicate insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes mellitus. Pay attention to your skin.
5. Wounds That Heal Slow
Increased blood glucose can affect many functions, including the healing process. As a matter of fact, this symptom is among the most known when it comes to type II diabetes.
You will know that you have this symptom if your infections and wounds need too long to heal. In many cases, the skin sensation is also changed, and as a result, the injury might go unnoticed.
Uncontrolled blood glucose does not boost healthy healing, in fact, it leads to long-standing skin infections or injuries with a higher risk of complications.
6. Long Naps
Last year at the convention of the European Association for the Study of Disease a scientific review was presented who reports that there might be a connection between naps and diabetes type II.
According to this review, individuals who took daytime naps which were more than 1 hour were 45 percent more susceptible to develop type II diabetes in comparison to individuals who naps less or did not take naps at all.
The authors of the study say that it is not likely that daytime naps can lead to diabetes. However, the researchers note that it might be a warning sign of some underlying problem such as sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, and depression.
All of these conditions mentioned above are linked to higher risk of diabetes.
7. Hearing Problems
This is a very unusual symptom of type II diabetes and often is not associated with diabetes symptom. Yes, hearing problems are usual after infections, injuries and also in aging people, but that does not mean that it cannot be a diabetes symptom.
Increased blood glucose levels can affect your nerves or the auditory nerve which can affect your hearing. Do you increase the volume of the TV? Maybe it is time to schedule a visit with your doctor as soon as possible.
8. Infected or Inflamed Gums
Gum disease, i.e., periodontitis might be early diabetes sign reports a recent research published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care journal.
According to this study, people that have gum disease, especially the serious cases had greater rates of diabetes (both undiagnosed and diagnosed) and pre-diabetes in comparison to those without gum disease.
Dr. Tamler says that the link between diabetes and gum disease is nothing new. According to him, it goes both ways, having one condition can increase the change of developing the other condition.
The same factors contribute to inflammation induced by gum disease and high blood sugar that leads to diabetes.
Increased blood glucose levels in type II diabetes may affect the circulation of the blood. As a result, there may be increased itching.
See your doctor in case you experience itchy, dry skin, frequent yeast infections, and jock itch.
In case you are experiencing any of these above mentioned diabetes signs, make sure to see your doctor and talk about it. If you find this article useful, share it with your friends and family.