Early symptoms of diabetes can give you the head start you need to get your diabetes under control and prevent any long term damage to your organs, nervous system, eyes, or limbs.

If you suspect that you are suffering from the signs and symptoms of early diabetes, contact your physician to schedule a diabetes screening immediately. Catching and treating diabetes early can literally save your life.


What are the symptoms of early onset diabetes?


The early symptoms of any disease are often times ignored because the symptoms are not yet severe, and people figure it is something that will pass.

The ADA (American Diabetes Association) lists these as the most common symptoms of early onset diabetes. The symptoms that you hear people talk about the most for diabetes are extreme thirst, frequent urination, fruity smelling breath, and fruity smelling urine and sweat.

Other early symptoms for diabetes include fast pulse, fast breathing, shortness of breath, becoming winded easily, and extreme sweating.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your physician immediately for assistance.


Early Symptoms of Diabetes in Men


The early signs and symptoms of diabetes are pretty much the same in men and women. Sometimes the symptoms present a bit differently just because of gender and metabolism differences.

Men tend to sweat more and drink more than women naturally. Thus, these symptoms may not be as obvious in men, especially if they are active. It is also more common for men to ignore symptoms and figure they will get better on their own. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, even if your thirst level, urination level and sweat level have just increased a little bit, express these symptoms to your physician and follow doctor recommendations for testing and possible treatment.


Early Symptoms of Diabetes in Women


There is one type of diabetes that only affects women, specifically pregnant women. This is known as gestational diabetes. It is important for pregnant women to receive regular prenatal care and to get the gestational diabetes screening that is typically recommended at around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The signs and symptoms of gestational diabetes are the same as with any other type of diabetes. The difference is that many pregnant women tend to have some of these symptoms just because they are pregnant. It is normal for pregnant women to need to urinate more, drink more, sweat more and become short of breath more easily. Thus, many women suffering from gestational diabetes do not even know it because they figure it is just regular pregnancy symptoms.

The gestational diabetes screening is essential to catching this condition early and getting the necessary care to ensure your health and the health of your baby. This condition can be controlled during pregnancy and does usually resolve itself after pregnancy.


Early Symptoms of Diabetes of Children


The early symptoms of diabetes in children present much the same as they do in adults. The differences typically occur in communication. Children are not always as capable of telling adults what is wrong or what the exact symptoms are.

As parents, it is important to pay attention to the habits of children and make note of anything that seems a bit off. For instance, if you have a child that has been potty trained for a while and is very good at not having accidents and then all of a sudden starts having accidents, this could be because of frequent urination. The same can be said if they normally have something to drink with meals and maybe once or twice outside of that during the day and all of the sudden they are drinking much more often than ever before. Another sign might be an older child who suddenly starts having night accidents and was never a bed wetter previously.

Most of the time children just know they feel yucky or that they are not feeling the best, but they cannot pinpoint the exact symptoms. It is important to keep a watchful eye and check with your pediatrician if you suspect your child might have symptoms of diabetes.

Early detection and treatment of diabetes is the key to controlling it well and leading a healthy lifestyle free from the damage that chronic uncontrolled diabetes can cause. If you are having any of the early symptoms of diabetes, consult your physician immediately for medical advice, diagnostic testing and possible treatment options.


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