Warning warning, do you run to the restroom often, are you thirsty all the time

@Hatley (163813)
Garden Grove, California
September 20, 2009 10:50am CST
This discussion was triggered by an older one I just respondedd to in which the poster was complaining about having to go to the bathroom at night a lot of times, and always being thirsty.those are two of the first classic symptoms of diabetes. this is sort of a warning and a question to, how many of you have seen these two things happening to you a lot lately? have you thought maybe you should have a check up for diabetes? I know I ignored those classic symptoms because I didnt have alot of information about them at the time, and i just thought that I had drank too much water during the day, and that when I was really terribly thirsty that I had not drank enough water. It did not dawn on me that these were symptoms of diabetes til I was diagnosed later.
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@zandi458 (27953)
• Malaysia
20 Sep 09
Diabetes is a terrible disease and once you are caught with this disease, it will take a long time to heal or may not heal if you are not careful with your diet. So before this disease lick on us we should be on alert of the warning that you have just stated here. Only when I have eaten chinese food which is loaded with MSG that I feel thirsty every now and then. It is better to refrain from taking too much sweet food as it will invite diabetes to invade our bodies.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
2 Nov 09
I am not that bad. I am on the border line and as for allergies, besides nickel, I cannot take too much soy or I get a stomach ache. The trouble is that there are lots of people who ate candies when kids and they did not get it. I mean it is upsetting to hear about those skinny people who ate so much candy or those who had naturally good teeth.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Nov 09
hi suspenseful yes doesn't it just fry you that skinny people will stuff themselves with all the goodies you and I would' love but cannot eat and I sometimes wonder if they know that if they are doing this because they are the opposite, people with low blood sugar, that a lot of people who suffer with low blood sugar will eventually be diabetics ,this is a proven fad
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Sep 09
I found I used to go to the washroom a lot, and was always thirsty. I also found that I could never lose weight, but I went to the doctor and he said I had too high sugar - i guess that means borderline diabetes. I know a lot of nurses say there is no such thing, but to me diabetes is when you need insulin and no matter what you do you cannot get rid of it. I am getting my sugar down, not just because of the pill i have to take, but I also take some herbal medicine as well. And I do not have to go that often and am not that thirsty anymore. But it was not the thirst and running to the bathroom, it was that I just could not lose weight.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Sep 09
The trouble is even with the glyburide and trying to cut down, I could not lose weight. Then I read somewhere that the reason could be that we are no longer eating grass fed meat and I remembered that my own grandmother ate a lot of suet and fatty meats and lard and yet she never gained, so I started to add chromium to my diet more then what is in the vitamin and mineral pills. I find that they just have the minimum and even with the high potency which is the ones I take, it is not enough. So I have been closing weight and my blood sugar is down. I am also looking for foods that will lower my blood sugar because well, my doctor is sort of a pill pusher.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi suspensful you just reminded me of something Ihad forgotten and could use right now. I have been'struggling lately with keeping my blood sugar down and having a bad time of it, chromium,my g. our diabetes educator told us about how it helps so much and I have forgotten 'all about that, now to get come chromium.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
6 Oct 09
And thanks for the best response. I did find that when I just took the medicine the doctor reocmmended it did not lower my blood sugar enough so that if there was a social event, I could have taken a brownie or two. So the chromium does help.
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@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Hello my friend How are you? Very good discussion, thank you, I do run to the bathroom alot during the night, I had a check up and thank goodness I was cleared, this is something that I had issues with for a while some nights are worse then others, its been some months next time I go to the doctor I will have them check me again, thanks for this my friend. Great discussion, hope most of our mylotters read this.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Sep 09
hi kitty I am feeling pretty good. I am glad you were cleared.it'is just so easy to have the tests and then you know you are okay. I 'think I had been getting up a lot to go the bathroom but I never associated it with diabetes. then after I learned I had it I found that my mom had had diabetes for years and hid the fact. she could have helped me so much had she told me as I would have changed the way I ate and the way I thought about exercising and overweight too.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Hello my friend Wow, My mom has high blood pressure and I do as well, I don't think we have anyone with diabetes in the immediate family, but high blood pressure yes, when they told me I did not have it I was really happy, my neighbor and a few of her family members have it, she use to tell me all the time to get checked, so when I did I was really happy.her nephew use to get sick alot and her daughter would come get me to help him, you know how you can be in the midst of something then come to find out it happens to you, well this was not the case and I am really happy, he suffers so much its really scary. Thanks my friend, great discussion.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi kitty I am so happy you found you do not have diabetes, as so many people have it and do not' even know they have it until they start having side effects.
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Diabetes is positively diagnosed by these triad of symptoms: polydypsia(excess fluid intake), polyphagia(constant need to suffice feeling of hunger), and polyuria(excessive or frequent urination). Although the presence of these are indication of diabetes it is still wise to consult a physician=)
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
amijor is right.also start observing your diet
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
You both are so right,and as a diabetic of many years I do'wish when I first contracted it I had had all the knowledge we now ' have as it wou ld have made things so much easier.yes we all must' see our doctors for confirmation on any of our symptoms.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
23 Sep 09
Hi Hatley, Well I admit that I run to the restroom often, but in my case it's because I have a plain old bladder condition. While I do drink a lot of water, because I exercise quite strenuously like an athlete, I still void a fair amount. However, I would rather be the way I am then the way a friend of mine is. I have this friend that drinks a ton of water a day, yet only voids twice a day! She's like a camel for heaven's sake! That's just as bad because it promotes water retention. But yes I do know what you're trying to say though about the warning signs for diabetes because my Father has that, which is why people should try to have regular check ups with their Doctors, to rule out any abnormalities. PS Did you ever get around to trying your Vietnamese food? ;)
@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi ilyzium no I did not and I really should as the vietnamese restaurant is only about an eighth of a block from where i live now. I wo uld love to try some.we are smack dab in the center of Little Saigan and there are a number of Vietnamese people living in the ap artments around us.
• United States
21 Sep 09
I'm always thirsty, always have been, got checked repeatedly for diabetes since it runs i the family and I don't have it. My daughter too is always thirsty and pees a lot, so I made them check her as well, she's fine too. Some people are just thirsty. But it is always a GOOD idea to get it checked out to be safe.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 09
hi angrykittymsv yes its always the wisest thing to do'as if you do not have it,no harm done and you know you are okay.see the darned symptoms mimic a lot of ordinary reasons we would be thirsty or need to pee a lot, so best to just get checked.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
i hope that it is not yet too late.I read that exercise can lower glucose intolerance
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi mimiang yes indeed exercise plays a huge role in' both lowering glucose intolerance and in helping us'diabetics control our blood glucose too. very important indeed.
@riyasam (16582)
• India
20 Sep 09
it is good to check for diabetes as these are the classical symptoms.my cousin who is in mid thirties had these very symtoms but he didnt think of checking for diabetes until a friend suggested it.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Sep 09
hi riysasm yes it is and the symtoms are so common that most of'us wou ld think we had just drank too much water, or had not drank 'enough'and would never have thought of going to a doctor to be checked out.
@ElicBxn (60419)
• United States
20 Sep 09
I have been tested steadily for diabetes since I was 22, because I'm thirsty all the time. I'm 55, still thirsty and still not diabetic, but at least I KNOW about it and have been checked on it. fact is, I tend to run borderline low blood sugar
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi ElicBxn well I hate to alarm you but a goodly number of people who get diagnosed with diabetes had low blood sugar'for a long time before they came down with full blown diabetes, so it is great to keep being checked on it. I started out with'low blood sugar down to even getting the shakes from it.
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@ElicBxn (60419)
• United States
3 Oct 09
well, like I said - I've been tested and tested, and if I eat right I don't have the low blood sugar, I just had a blood test in early Sept and my cholesterol was down, and obviously they didn't find diabetes either - and I'm more over weight than my mother ever got and 15 yrs older than when she became borderline diabetic
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@ElicBxn (60419)
• United States
4 Oct 09
and they say the only "cure" for adult onset diabetes is extreme weight lost like the bypass surgery
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Excellent discussion Hatley! Thirst and water retention, especially if it's ongoing, can be a signal for diabetes or other serious health problems. If the swelling (or bloating) lasts for more than a few days, you should always discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes dietary changes will take care of the problem, or a review of prescriptions may be in order. Other times it can indicate something more serious, like the diabetes that you mentioned, or issues with your heart, kidneys, liver or thyroid. Sometimes what you don't know CAN hurt you, and this is definitely one of them. Thanks Hatley!
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Sep 09
hi catla1 yes one thing we should not play around with our health and diabetes can be lived with, if diagnosed and treated daily. left 'alone it can ruin your eyes, your heart, and just make'youfeel dreadful every day. It does not take long to get tested and know that you either haVE it or you are okay.
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20 Sep 09
@Hatley thnkx for the discussion and notification of this silent but deadly deases. But could symptoms like,cant stay siting for 10-15 minutes without doezing off,and always feeling easly tired when you've just don a little hadwork.be part of diabeties symptoms.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Hi Blaizer! Frequently dozing off and tiredness of dizzyness could be symptoms of many things, including heart disease problems and thyroid issues in addition to the diabetes. Could also be as simple as an iron deficiency. It's important to be diagnosed by a doctor, as none of these possibilities is age specific. Almost all could be equally deadly if not treated.
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@williamjisir (22909)
• China
8 Nov 09
Hello Hatley. Thank you so much for the informative discussion. I am happy to say that I don't have this kind of symptoms of diabetes, which is a chronic disease. I have been wondering whether it can be cured completely if it is discovered at the first stage. My boss was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999. So far as I know, he has been taking medicines for it ever since. I wish there were some effective medicines to help cure it for sufferers. Take care, friend.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Nov 09
williamjisir no there is no cure but there are a lot of things now to help us keep healthy and happy even with diabetes so it does not have to a killer anymore. there is a ton of info to be hand on AmericanDiabetesAssociation.com.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
3 Oct 09
I get checked every year for Diabetes as it is in my Family and because of my Illness they check me I have always woke up at Night at least once to have a Drink and go to the toilet lol but not very often So I am not oncerned but of course if of all a sudden it became a lot more then I would be
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 09
hi gabs if everyone would just do that,get checked every year I bet the number of full blown diabetics would come down a lot. and now too its not the horrible disease people used to think it was because we know so much more now and have new and better meds too to control our sugar level
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
23 Sep 09
This is very true Hatley! Those are sure signs of diabetes and I hope that other people heed your advice and get checked out for it's a very serious disease. My dad was like that when he first found out he had it and he was such a mess! His doctor was surprised that he wasn't in a coma, because his sugar was sky high. My dad is a tough old broad but diabetes will knock even the toughest down. I've been checked and thankfully I don't have it. Dad developed diabetes from having a heart attack.
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@hotsummer (10309)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
i am not much familiar withthe symptoms of diabetic. i am not really eating lots of sweets. is the only cause of diabetic. we don't have history of it. so it is good. but on my diet. i do eat lots of carbs like rice, spaghetti, but lately for few weeks now they are all brown rice, and brown pasta, wheat bread and i do eat a lot of boiled potatoes. do these carb cause diabetes. i am not really much informed about this . hopefully i won't get diabetes with my diet. i don't eat candies. i rarely eat candies cause i am trying to save money. what about that vision spot, i have some problem with my vision also. but i don't know if it has some what related to diabetes or just as vision problem.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hotsummer it is overeating of all simple carbs that contributes to diabetes and if you have any type] of vision problem see your doctor for a diabetes'checkup ' as well as an eye doctor. best to be sAfe rather than sorry.
@sanji66 (21)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
Yes. It is few of the symptoms of diabetes. Others are easily gets tired, Not well of sleeping because you go to the bathroom everytime you want to pee, low vision in most cases, become thirsty or easily gets starve. Others are worse cases like wounds didn't heal easily. Good for you that you've known it already. Because it is a serious illness. I can advice you things to prevent this illnes. Exercise; Prefer to work than having a rest everytime; Avoid laziness; and most of all Have a balanced and healthy diet. Hope this response help you.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi sanji66 oh my no I have been a diabetic since I was 56 and now am 82 so did not know all those things until it was too late but know them now and will pass them on'to help other people to avoid what I have been through.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
I wish you ok. It is a good thing that I haven't had that symptoms. It is good to have an early detection so that prevention would be administered right away.
@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi jules yes it is good to check to be sure, and I am so glad you do not have the symptoms, hope you do get checked occasionally though just to be sure.
@asweetie (1188)
• India
21 Sep 09
Hi hately, What you described is a classic case of diabetes mallitus. There are two kind of diabetes... mallitus and incipedus...in later you only have excesive micturation while diabetes mallitus is what commonly called sugar happens because of damage to beta cells of pancreas. There are three classic signs of DM 1) poly phagia : excessive hunger 2) poly dipsia: excessive thirst 3) poly urea : frequesnt urination Also DM you can see excessive loss of weight which can not be explained. So everyone should keep an eye on all these things and if you have even one of these then you should go for blood sugar checkup. This disease is usually life style disease and is a very potent killer . There is no organ in body which this disease doesnt leave if goes on undetected for some time including eye and kidneys.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi asweetie you sound like a nurse, are you? anyway hope'everyone reads what you have said, as it would help many many people. It is a silent potent killer indeed, and we all should have at least yearly check ups for diabetes.
• United States
21 Sep 09
Yikes. I tend to go to the bathroom often, but that's because I drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, so it's not the unexplained sort of thing that would be really worrying. Haven't been drinking as much as I should lately, though...I should do something about that.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi 100indecisions yes we all must drink more water I have'been retaining fluids so was afraid my doctor would restrict water but he said please keep yourself well hydrated,seems drinking water actually helps the pills he gave me to work better so heres to drinking plenty of water.
@bunnybon7 (34448)
• Holiday, Florida
21 Sep 09
you know what is strange, i do have all those symptoms and i've heard these things said before. thats why every time i go to the dr. i ask them to check, but they always say i dont have it. in fact they've said i have something different called hipoglycemia because i get shakey if i dont eat. so i just dont know what to think. all my symptoms are at night also and its really agravating to get up and go and still feel thirsty and dry at night the same time
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi bunnybon7 keep getting checked for diabetes as often hypglycemia or low blood sugar is a forrunner of real' full blown diabetes. I started out with low blood sugar' and later was diagnosed with diabetes. so it pays to'keep a close watch on your health.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I think there are a lot of people out there who don't know the warning signs of diabetes. My friend's boyfriend was having those very symptoms a few years ago. He was constantly thirsty and would sweat like crazy all the time. He finally went to the doctors and was diagnosed wit type 2 diabetes.
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@Hatley (163813)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 09
hi shar19 yes there are so many people who dont know that 'they have it and the numbers seem to increase. if every one who has any of these symptoms would just get checked a lot may just be pre diabetes and can make lifechanges 'to avoid becoming full blown diabetics.