What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Philippines
February 14, 2010 10:16pm CST
there are some people who are fun of putting too much sugar on their food. LIke for example for a cup of coffee, i know someone who put 2 tablespoon on his coffee. Wants also juice which is sweet. They said bittermelon is a food that we need to eat to prevent diabetes. But he doesn't like to eat bittermelon. I am concern that he may have already diabetes if that is always the food that he wants. What are the symptoms of diabetes?
3 responses
@Qaeyious (2361)
• United States
15 Feb 10
webmd.com is my favorite choice for medical matters. For type 2 diabetes: http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/type-2-diabetes There is a link to type 1 diabetes on the page if interested. I chose type 2 since that is the type most common. Basically this type of diabetes means that glucose is building up in the blood stream instead of being used by the cells. Typically it is because there is not enough insulin (the hormone produced in the pancreas to process sugar) or the body for some reason isn't using it correctly. First off, it is possible that a person can have it without having any symptoms. That is why at my age, especially since I am overweight, I need to have annual blood tests (after a 12 hour fasting period) to see if my sugar levels are correct. And typically if there are symptoms, they develop over time, typically very slowly until it becomes a bigger problem. The typical symptoms have already been mentioned by previous posters: unusual thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, slow healing of wounds. One that I didn't see was blurred vision, fatigue, or nausea. Itching skin, especially in the groin area, is also listed as a symptom. Here is a quote I found regarding the statistics regarding the races: Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight, and occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, some Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans. On average, non-Hispanic African Americans are 1.6 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of the same age. Hispanic Americans are 1.5 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. American Indians have one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Although prevalence data for diabetes among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are limited, some groups, such as Native Hawaiians and Japanese and Filipino residents of Hawaii aged 20 or older, are about twice as likely to have diabetes as white residents of Hawaii of similar age. Eating a lot of sugar may not be healthy, but it doesn't cause diabetes. But if one is overweight and have a sedentary lifestyle, it won't hurt to start thinking about your diet and exercise program.
@Hujing (47)
• China
15 Feb 10
There is a type of people who like eating sweet food by birth, they don't get diabetes. so if your friend eats sweet food from he is little, maybe you don't worry about it. Bur if not, it's much better to go to see the doctor, Usually, if one gets diabetes, he'll eat much sweet food, and they'll never get fat, even, they often drink water in midnight. Of course, it's just common symptom, you'd better consult the doctor.
• India
15 Feb 10
i think the main symptoms of diabetes are polyurea- that is excessive amount of urination polydipsia - increased amount of glucose in the body polyphegia-you will more hungry weight fluctuation - you may lose weight poor wound healing- if you get any wound it will take a longer time to heal . more over if you have a doubt that you may have diabetes it is always better that you consult a doctor and get cleared with the issue .