How do you Know if you Have Diabetes?

the-human-body-1279964_960_720 (1)Diabetes is only diagnosed by a doctor. However, you may have symptoms or can test your own sugar if you are suspicious that you might have it.  Always discuss these symptoms or tests with your doctor!

There are different symptoms you can pick up on if you think you might be diabetic.

  • Increased hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Yeast infections (you women know what I am talking about!).
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision

To name a few… there are more so check out the link at the bottom of the page to see them all.

One item that caught my attention is that my vision kept getting blurry.  Sure I was a little tired and maybe I’ll admit to some irritability, but I figure I was just getting older or had over-worked myself.  I missed the signs!

Also, if you have a family history of diabetes or think that any of the symptoms might be pre-diabetes or diabetes, go get a blood glucose meter at your local pharmacy.  It is simple to use with the included instructions but you can always ask your pharmacist for instructions on how to use them too if it is easier for you to learn that way.

Generally you want your blood glucose meter to read:

  • between 80 and 120 if you are 59 or younger without an underlying medical condition
  • between 100 and 140 if you are over 60 or have an underlying medical condition

Your doctor would have to outline any medical conditions.

To understand what some of the symptoms are you can read more at these links:
American Diabetes Association – Diabetes Symptoms
American Diabetes Association – Diagnosis
Mayo Clinic – Diabetes Symptoms
Mayo Clinic – Blood Sugar Testing

Discuss diabetes with your doctor!

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