Diabetes is a serious illness that can have dangerous consequences to health f it’s not well managed. Diabetics have a pancreas that can’t perform it’s regular job. The pancreas is a digestive organ that secretes a vital hormone called insulin. Insulin signals your body to store sugar inside cells, so that it can be released later and used for energy. Without insulin, your body suffers huge spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, as the sugar content of meals is released into the bloodstream all at once, rather than as a controlled release over time.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has increased by 400% from 1980 to 2014. More surprisingly, out of the 29.1 million people that have diabetes, over 8 million of them are undiagnosed. That means over 25% of people with diabetes don’t know they have it.
Here are some early warning signs of diabetes that should alert you to see your doctor: