Signs That You Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It
The symptoms may be silent. Diabetes is a disease that does damage without obvious clinical signs and symptoms. It’s a disease that slowly and relentlessly affects every organ in your body while not always announcing its presence. As a physician, I’ve had patients who felt relatively well and were stunned to find their blood sugar level was at diabetic levels. Needless to say, that’s not a happy surprise.
You may be familiar with some of the more obvious signs and symptoms of diabetes such as fatigue, more frequent urination, increased thirst and blurred vision, but there are other less apparent ones you may not notice until you visit your doctor one day and discover you have an abnormal blood sugar level. Here are some “other” signs that you could have diabetes.
Frequent Yeast Infections
Yeast thrive in a high-sugar environment. For this reason, one of the first signs of diabetes may be frequent yeast infections. Yeast infections may involve a woman’s vaginal region or appear in other moist areas of the body such as under skin folds. Bladder infections are also more common in people with diabetes. Yeast or bladder infections that keep recurring or don’t go away with treatment deserve evaluation and a blood sugar check.