Would You Recognize these Diabetes Symptoms?
The government of Canada estimates that 60,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes crop up every year, making it one of the country’s fastest-growing diseases. Yet many people don’t realize that diabetes symptoms extend far beyond feelings of occasional sluggishness.
Diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough (or can’t effectively use) insulin to transport energy-providing glucose. In type 1 diabetes, which usually develops in childhood, your pancreas doesn’t generate any of the hormone. In type 2—which usually develops after age 40 and accounts for roughly 90 per cent of all diabetes cases—your body makes too little insulin, or your cells become resistant to it. All these scenarios allow glucose to build up in the blood, which can lead to serious consequences.
Type 2 diabetes can result from obesity and a poor diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle, or due to genetics and environmental factors. Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer at the Canadian Diabetes Association, says in most cases it’s a progressive disease that requires medication to manage its numerous risks.
If you have the condition, here are diabetes symptoms and side-effects you should look out for.