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How do I know if I have diabetes?

03 March, 2020

Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to produce or use insulin. It is a common hormonal problem that if untreated can lead to complications such as diabetic neuropathy, kidney problems, heart problems, retinopathy and other disorders. At advanced stages, diabetes can cause kidney failure, amputation, blindness and stroke. However, complications can be prevented or significantly delayed by exercising good control of diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. Download our free e-book on Diabetes where you can learn more.

There are certain symptoms that are usually tell-tale signs of diabetes. The most common symptoms are:

·       Constant Thirst
One of the early warning signs is being thirsty the whole time. It can reach a point where you become thirsty right after finishing a glass of water, and never feeling like anything quenches your thirst.

·       Frequent Urination
This is actually a side effect of the constant thirst, and obviously the more fluids you drink, the more you need to visit the restroom.

·       Hunger and Weight Loss
When you develop diabetes, your body does not absorb all the nutrients from your food as it should. This means that you constantly feel the need for more food to provide your body with energy, and due to the lack of nutrients your body absorbs,  you usually lose weight despite eating more frequently.

·       Fatigue

This is usually due to the fact that your body is not absorbing enough nutrients from your food, so you feel tired and deprived of energy throughout the day.

·       Infections

Since your body is tired-out and not functioning properly due to a lack of nutrients, it makes it much easier for infections and other such issues to creep in. Wounds also tend to take much longer to heal.
 
How Can I Treat Diabetes?
The good news is that you can control your diabetes, and even possibly reverse type-2 by making some lifestyle and dietary changes:
The first thing to do is to change your diet – get the FREE e-book for a full guideline for healthy, diabetic-friendly eating.
 Then, you need to start exercising at least 30 to 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
Along with this, make sure that you get at least 7 hours of good sleep per night, and drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above or still struggling to make lifestyle and dietary changes, we strongly recommend that you talk to a Doctor right now. Wazima is a telehealth platform that gives you access to wide range of global & local doctors from the comfort of an internet-enabled device like your mobile phone.

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