Around 29.1 million
Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. With that big number of people
with diabetes, you might think that people know almost everything about
this chronic disease, but you’re wrong. Most of the people know that
diabetes occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin
or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.
The most common symptoms are blurry vision, extreme fatigue, thirst
and hungry, uncontrolled urination, inability to heal injuries and
sores, weight loss and pain in the feet and hands. You might be
wondering, what’s left to learn about diabetes?
Well, there are some symptoms that you might not be aware of which
might indicate you’re at risk for diabetes. Diabetes can really affect
your quality of life and you’ll have to do a lot of lifestyle changes to
keep everything in line.
Here are some of the early signs of diabetes no one tells you about:
1. Your Hearing is Changing
Hearing can be affected as we get older, but diabetes can also impact
on your hearing. One study shows that pre-diabetes can cause hearing
loss. The researchers think that diabetes damages the blood vessels and
nerves in the ear which results in hearing loss. So if you notice that
your hearing is changing, ask your doctor to check your blood sugar
2. Your Vision Has Slightly Improved
If your glasses prescription was getting stronger each year and
suddenly your vision is becoming better, this might also be an
indication that you have diabetes.
Although diabetes is often associated with blurry vision, reality is
that some people’s vision can improve because diabetes causes changes in
the fluid levels in your body.
3. Your Skin is Getting Worse
If you notice dark patches on your skin, especially on your elbows,
the back of your neck or knuckles- this might mean that you have high
blood pressure. High blood sugar causes changes in the skin cells and
melanin, which leads to skin changes.
4. You’re Constantly Itchy
Diabetes can affect your blood circulation which leads to dry and
itchy skin. If creams don’t help you, then you should check your blood