The definitive symptoms of diabetes are quite obvious that it must be impossible to overlook them. Still, a lot of people are either unaware of the signs or refuse to acknowledge them for what they are. As a result—out of four known cases of diabetes, about three are undetected and untreated.
Here are the common symptoms of diabetes in the approximate order they show themselves: frequent, copious urination; excessive thirst; rapid weight loss; extreme hunger; over-all weakness; drowsiness and fatigue; itchiness of the genitals and skin; visual disturbances, blurring, etc; skin diseases such as boils, carbuncles, and other infections.
If these symptoms start to appear, diabetes isn’t necessarily sure, but going to the doctor is clearly suggested. Oftentimes, the classical symptoms don’t show themselves.
In those cases, some complication rising up from diabetes could provide the first clue. A kidney or circulatory disturbance, a stillbirth or other childbearing trouble all might be signs of diabetes.
Diabetes varies among the people who have it. The severity and duration of the illness could change from one person to another; it could even change on the same person as the result of other new experience.
Several factors influence the course of diabetes—infection, illness, emotional and physical stress, pregnancy. As a consequence, mild diabetes may abruptly become severe; stable diabetes might turn unpredictable. In one case, loss of weight may apparently wipe out the symptoms of the disease. In another case, a rapid loss of weight could be a sign that mild diabetes has suddenly become severe.
Having so many possible variations, it isn’t easy to categorize the different degrees of diabetes. But some form of classification is needed and, over a period of years, particular categories have been instituted. These should never be regarded as final because time and the experiences of living could create changes in the diabetic and in the nature of his disease.
There exist two common classifications of diabetes. The first is known as juvenile or insulin-deficient diabetes. It is called brittle diabetes and accounts for about 30 percent of all cases. The second category is adult or maturity-onset diabetes.
Each of these appears to have certain clear characteristics of its own. Juvenile diabetes is the form the disease makes in all diabetic youngsters and adolescents, except it is not confined to juveniles. Some adults catch it; and a few adults suffering from the milder maturity-onset form may abruptly have their disease take a turn to the more severe juvenile or insulin-deficient form.
© 2011 Athena Goodlight