What are the early signs of diabetes?

Philippines
January 20, 2007 8:21am CST
My family has a history of diabetes and I want to know if I'm also at risk. What are the signs of diabetes and how can I prevent it?
6 responses
@Vicky86 (243)
• United States
20 Jan 07
hello, my mom had diabetes and i developed type 1 diabetes while i was pregnant. the doctor told me to simply slow down with sweets and live a healthy lifestyle...good diet, exercise and be aware of all of those hidden sugars in food. if diabetes runs through your family you will most likely develop it, if you don't start early paying attention to what you eat. hope i could help you a little bit. ciao vicky
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
Hi Vicky, thanks a lot for sharing... How are you coping so far? You mentioned you developed type 1 and I was just wondering if there was more than one type? I'm pretty scared because my sister is showing signs of it and I think I might be next. I'm deathly afraid of doctors and will only go to one if I really have to. I hope I can prevent it from happening to me. Thanks again.. =)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
the second type of diabetes is age-onset and usually obesity-related. vicky is right --- if you have family history of diabetes, you are already at risk. so i suggest you regularly have your blood tests in order for you to control the disease rather than have it control you.
@pisces24 (147)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
Hi, rosedust82! I've been diabetic for two years now and so far I'm ok. The first signs are: you pee frequently, you feel thirsty all the time, you suddenly lose weight. Your family has a history, therefore you are 50% more likely to get it too. Stay away from sweets, carbs, white flour and processed foods. Exercise regularly and take your medication. Hope this will help...
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
Hi there... thanks a lot for responding. I know I'm prone to having it. I just hope I don't develop it. It's so hard to stay away from sweets! I can't seem to stop myself. Hehe.. But I guess I have to start... or else. Am not taking medications for now. I have other health complications and have to be careful with the meds I take. If you have more information for me, please do share. =)
@momus8 (92)
20 Jan 07
There are some signs, like, urinating more often, losing weight, feeling more tired, but you can't prevent diabetes if it's in your genes you will probably have it, how ever you could just live a healthy life style to control diabetes. ^_^
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
I am actually suffering from the signs you mentioned but I think it's from the stress at work. =) Although my mom told me that if someone is suffering from diabetes, wounds or scratches don't heal quickly. I wonder if that saying is true.
@Dzbfree (94)
• United States
1 Feb 07
First you need to know whether your family members have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 usually comes on in childhood,sometimes very suddenly and severely. The person's body does not produce any insulin and it is necessary to take insulin injections. This kind of diabetes is largely genetic, so you would be at risk if this is what your family has had. Type 2 diabetes usually comes on in adulthood and is stongly linked to obesity and lack of exercise. (It is being seen more now in children because of obesity and lack of exercise). If this is the type your family has, you may have learned some habits from them that would make you more likely to develope Type 2, but it is not genetic. It happens because your body is producing less insulin and/or your cells have become resistant to insulin. Extreme thirst, frequent urination and fatique are all signs of diabetes, although some people with Type 2 don't have any symptoms. That is why it is very important to have a blood test done, because the disease can be causing damage even though you have no symptoms. You can't prevent Type 1 Diabetes, but that is actually a fairly rare disease. There is a lot you can do to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, though. Many people are able to bring their blood sugar to normal levels without medication, through weight loss and exercise. If that is not enough, there are presciption pills, and a few Type 2's inject insulin. The more you exercise, the better your muscle cells will accept insulin. Diet is very important, as well. You need to limit simple carbs. White sugar and flour are simple carbs, and grains, fruits, and vegetables are complex carbs, which will not make your blood sugar rise as much or as quickly. Maintaining a normal weight is also important. Since I was diagnosed six months ago, I've lost 25 pounds and my symptoms are lessened dramatically. Be sure to have your blood tested at least once a year even if you have no symptoms, because of your family history. You can get a lot of good information about diet from your county health department. Good luck!
• United States
1 Feb 07
Some of the early signs are excessive thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. My dad has diabetes, and my mom said he always had "sweet breath," which meant his breath always smelled like he had been eating cakes or cookies or other sweet snacks. You are at risk if you are overweight and especially have a family history of diabetes. It can be prevented, even if it is in your genes if you watch your weight, eat right, and exercise. Some people say that drinking coffee can also help prevent diabetes. Hope this helps!
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have diabetes for 21 years. the signs are weight loss, you will want to drink something every five minutes, you will alo want to go to the restroom alot. Your breathe will smell friuty. And you will be sleepy, I was always falling asleep at school.