Did you know that nearly one-third of America’s type 2 diabetics don’t even know they have the disease? That may not seem possible but, in fact, many people over 50 years of age just chalk up the warning signs for diabetes to simply getting older. Often, those who go to the emergency room with symptoms of stroke or heart disease will hear for the first time that this chronic condition is the underlying cause for their rush to the ER.
This doesn’t have to be you. With just a little vigilance and an ear for what your body is saying, you may very well beat the odds, get a handle on managing diabetes before it progresses too far, and maybe even reverse or stop it altogether. You just need to be aware of the risks and warning signs for diabetes.
At least 29 million Americans have received a diagnosis for diabetes
This disease that affects at least 29 million Americans is one of the most commonly treated at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leader in the advanced field of regenerative medicine. So NSI knows a thing or two about the right therapies and nutritional counseling for diabetes. With that in mind, NSI explains how to tell if you’re experiencing the warning signs for diabetes and what to do about them.
11 Major Warning Signs For Diabetes
1. Family History
Do you have family members who are diabetic? If so, consider family history a major warning sign that you are at risk of developing diabetes. People who have parents or siblings that are diabetic have a strong genetic tendency to develop diabetes, too. If one of your parents developed the disease before the age of fifty, you have a one in seven possibility of receiving a diagnosis for diabetes. A diagnosis after fifty years of age brings the risk of inheriting the disease down to one in thirteen.
Regardless of the age of the family member, the risk of developing the disease is still high. So, if you have one or more closely related diabetic loved ones, be sure to have your doctor check for diabetes or pre-diabetes during your regularly scheduled check-ups. Between those check-ups, monitor yourself for the following symptoms:
• Unusual Fatigue
• Increased Thirst
• Increased Hunger
• Unexplained Weight Loss
• High Blood Pressure
• Blurred Vision
• Trouble Sleeping
• Wounds Slow To Heal
• Foot Pain Or Numbness
• Hearing Loss
• Prone To Infections
Now, let’s take a closer look at the primary indicators in the above list.
2. Unusual Fatigue
The term “bone deep fatigue” isn’t too far from the truth when it comes to the symptoms of diabetes. In type 2 diabetics, muscle cells become insulin resistant. That means that muscles aren’t able to absorb adequate levels of glucose (blood sugar). Without proper absorption of glucose, fatigue can become chronic.
Chronic fatigue may well be the most ignored warning sign for diabetes by people, especially those who are fifty or older. It’s easy to assume that it’s just a natural part of aging. It’s not uncommon for people to shrug it off when doctors ask how they’re feeling during a regular check-up. The physicians at NSI hear this refrain often: “Oh, a little more tired lately, but I’m getting older, after all.”
It may not be aging. It may be a sign of pre-diabetes
Just as the name suggests, pre-diabetes is a condition that precedes the full development of the disease. If you catch the signs for diabetes before it fully develops, you have a very good chance of stopping it in its tracks much more quickly and even reversing it. So don’t shrug off your fatigue. The next time you visit the doctor, ask to schedule a hemoglobin A1c test at the very least. Two other good tests for diabetes are:
• A Dilated Eye Exam. High levels of blood sugar can damage the minute blood vessels of the eyes. However, the damage can be avoided when spotted early enough. Your primary care physician can refer you to an ophthalmologist, which is a specialist in detecting eye diseases.
• A Foot Exam. A simple foot exam for diabetes can be done right in the doctor’s office. It will help reveal if there is a blood circulation problem in the feet or legs. If you’re at risk for diabetes, a foot exam should be a part of your annual check-ups.
3. Increased Thirst
Elevated blood sugar levels set you up for diabetes’ cyclical problem of frequent urination and increased thirst. The elevated levels of glucose lead to the stepped-up production of urine. This, of course, means that –for diabetes sufferers- urination increases. Urinating more frequently, in turn, results in a loss of fluids within the body, which causes dehydration.
Once again, this is a symptom that is too often shrugged off. Instead, the person at risk for diabetes decides to stop drinking “too much water.” But this doesn’t stop the frequent urination, because the core problem is elevated blood sugar.
Too much glucose in the bloodstream prevents the kidneys from re-absorbing fluids
When blood sugar levels reach 250 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter), the kidneys struggle to re-absorb fluids. No matter how many glasses of water are drank daily, people who are at risk for diabetes will likely develop dry mouth and experience increased thirst. Does this sound like you? Don’t ignore this warning sign!
4. Increased Hunger
Once again, type 2 diabetes’ resistance to insulin is the culprit in this fourth warning sign for diabetes. When the body becomes insulin resistant, it can’t adequately absorb glucose. Glucose is the primary fuel the body burns for energy. When the pancreas senses that glucose isn’t being properly absorbed, it overcompensates by producing even more insulin. But, no matter how much the gland produces, type 2 diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to burn glucose for energy. When this happens, the body sends signals of hunger.
Why? Because it is! But eating even more is not the solution. If you’ve noticed an uptick in your cravings and hunger pangs, be sure to get tested for diabetes.
5. High Blood Pressure
For diabetes sufferers, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a common development. Hypertension adds its own set of very grave health risks to the mix. They include:
• Eye Disease
• Kidney Disease
• Heart Disease
• Circulation Problems
Hypertension is called “the silent killer” because it is virtually symptomless. Warning signs for diabetes won’t alert you to this dangerous condition. So don’t wait to be tested until you “think you might” have high blood pressure.
Routine testing for high blood pressure should be done by your primary care doctor
Fortunately, there are routine tests that your primary care doctor can do. They include:
• Blood Testing
• Cholesterol Tests
• Electrocardiograms (these measure your heart’s electrical activity)
6. Wounds Slow To Heal/Increased Infections
Are you noticing that when you have a cut or a sore it seems very slow to heal? Are you developing urinary tract infections or flu-like symptoms more often than you used to? These are possible warning signs for diabetes.
Yeast and bacteria develop quicker when glucose levels are high in the bloodstream. This can lead to an increase in infections. Women who have been diagnosed for diabetes can become more prone to vaginal infections. Infections in the feet are frequent in type 2 diabetics, as well. This is because diabetes can attack the structures of the foot, including:
• Blood Vessels
Slow healing wounds or frequent infections can be warning signs for diabetes that is advanced. So seek out a diagnosis and treatment quickly if you’re experiencing these symptoms. The good news is that much of the damage can be stopped and, in many cases, even reversed once treatment begins.
7. Blurred Vision
High levels of glucose in the bloodstream can cause fluids to be drawn away from eyes’ natural lenses. This can affect the eyes’ capacity for focusing. The lenses of the eyes are flexible membranes. They are supported by muscles that alter the lenses’ shape. This flexing is what allows the lenses to focus effectively. For diabetes sufferers, blurred vision can be a strong warning sign of elevated glucose levels in the bloodstream.
High levels of blood sugar make it difficult for the musculature that helps the lenses flex to function properly. While this doesn’t damage the lenses of the eyes, it does cause the muscles to work harder. This, in turn, makes focusing more difficult and causes blurry vision.
Rapidly changing blood glucose levels make it hard for the eyes’ muscles to adjust
Blurred vision happens because of rapid fluxes in glucose levels. Once the musculature that supports the eyes’ lenses adapts to these fluctuations, vision generally goes back to normal. This warning sign for diabetes is an early one that disappears over time. While this is good news to an extent, it also makes it easy to ignore. If you’re experiencing blurred vision that is unusual for you, don’t chalk it up “just getting older.” It may well be a warning sign for diabetes.
8. Trouble Sleeping
Have you been experiencing a disruption in your sleep pattern? Maybe you used to be able to get in a good eight hours, but lately you’ve been struggling to stay asleep for more than a few hours.
Research for diabetes indicates that there is a connection between the disease and getting adequate sleep. This connects back to the problem of frequent urination. When glucose levels in the bloodstream surge, the kidneys must work harder to get rid of it. They do that by prompting the urge to urinate. When you have to wake up frequently for urination, deep and restful sleep is interrupted.
Frequent nightly urination may not be due to aging
It’s best not to assume that your increased late night bathroom trips are just part of getting older. Trouble sleeping is often a warning sign for diabetes. More than that, medical research shows a possible link between poor sleep and increasing the risk for diabetes.
9. Unexplained Weight Loss
Planned, healthy weight loss is a good thing. Unexplained, unplanned weight loss can be a warning sign for diabetes. There are two primary ways that type 2 diabetes can cause unhealthy weight loss.
• The cells of your body are not absorbing adequate amounts of glucose
• Frequent urination is causing you to lose calories and water
Before you think that this is a great side effect of diabetes, think again. Unexplained weight loss is no laughing matter. If you’re experiencing this warning sign for diabetes, start looking for other symptoms you may be experiencing but didn’t connect to the disease.
10. Neuropathy (Foot Pain and Numbness)
For many, nerve damage is one of the most distressing warning signs for diabetes. Often, it is this symptom that brings potential diabetics to the doctor. Prolonged periods of elevated glucose levels in the bloodstream have the potential to damage nerves all through the body. It’s called diabetic neuropathy.
Not everyone suffering from diabetes will notice the onset of diabetic neuropathy right away. It can begin quite subtly or come on more strongly depending on the person. First indicators are a sense of numbness, a tingling sensation or even pain, usually first felt in the feet. From there, it can progress upward. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:
• A burning, tingling, or sharp pain
• Pain that occurs primarily at night
• Heightened sensitivity to pain
• Reduction of the sensation of touch
• Muscular cramping or weakness
• Difficulties with coordination
• Loss of muscle mass
• Slowed reflexes
Diabetic neuropathy doesn’t always follow a dependable time frame
Diabetic neuropathy generally doesn’t develop until about twenty five years after the sufferer has been diagnosed for diabetes. But for some it can begin earlier, even as a symptom of pre-diabetes. For many, it may be one of the earliest symptoms they feel. It has been shown in some studies that nearly 50% of “unexplained” peripheral neuropathy can be connected to pre-diabetes or diabetes.
11. Hearing Loss
Hearing loss may not be the first thing you think of when the topic of warning signs for diabetes comes up. But just as the disease damages blood vessels and nerves elsewhere in the body, so too it affects those of the ears.
Uncontrolled diabetes can take a toll on the minute blood vessels in the ears. Damaged blood vessels can be a larger problem in this case, as the ears lack redundant blood supplies like many other parts of the body. This can be particularly problematic for the inner ear.
Symptoms for diabetes involving the ears can include balance problems
In addition to loss of hearing, warning signs for diabetes related to the ear can include balance problems. This is because the inner ear is key to this type of coordination. Poor balance can lead to more frequent falls.
It’s easy to see why someone unfamiliar with this symptom for diabetes might chalk up hearing or balance problems to getting older. And, of course, this may be true in many cases. But keep this in mind: the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that diabetics have twice the risk for hearing loss than people who are not diagnosed for diabetes.
What You Can Do About The Warning Signs For Diabetes
Fortunately, diabetes is more successfully treated today than at any time in medical history. Medications have made great strides but, without a doubt, the treatment method growing the quickest in popularity among physicians and patients alike is regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine has been using stem cells for diabetes therapy for a number of years. According to the National Stem Cell Institute, diabetics are among the institute’s most commonly treated patients.
This is because regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy have the capability of addressing the symptoms for diabetes directly on the cellular level. Prior to this development, conventional medical methods could only offer ways to relieve symptoms and postpone the degenerative effects of the disease.
Stem cells for diabetes treatment have the ability to replace tissues, nerves, and blood vessels damaged by the disease. Regardless of how progressed diabetes is at the time of diagnosis, both clinical trials and practical medical application have shown that using stem cells for diabetes therapy can promote exceptional healing, relief from neuropathic pain, help restore function to the pancreas, and significantly reduce the muscles’ resistance to insulin absorption. In many cases, diabetes can even be reversed.
Being pro-active helps control and ever reverse the symptoms for diabetes
Using stem cells for diabetes treatment is the most advanced medical therapy available, but being pro-active is critical in maintaining the curative effects and reversals that come with it. Following is a list of ways you can take control of your diabetes for a lifetime of diabetic healing and health.
• Develop healthy eating habits
• Safely attain a healthy weight
• Find activities that are fun and at least moderately energetic
• Find ways to lower stress levels
• Seek out the support of friends and family
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.