Being an internal doctor, Dr Parikh is very familiar with diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Diabetes is a important reason to see an internist as it involves all of your body organs. Understanding how all those organs work together, and how they will be affected by diabetes, is important when it comes to treatment and getting the disease under control. Certainly it is important to minimize any further damage as early as possible and Dr. Parikh is an excellent resource in the Triangle area for these types of patients including hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
Early indications of diabetes, early type 2 diabetes, can be slight or even barely noticeable – if you even show any types of problems whatsoever. As time passes, nevertheless, you could develop more apparent and serious diabetes problems, even for those who haven’t had any type of diabetes signs.
In the US only, almost seven million people have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. But you do not need to become just one of the statistics. Understanding possible diabetes signals can lead to early identification and treatment and a life of much better health. In case you are encountering the following diabetes signs and symptoms, call Dr. Parikh for diabetes diagnosis and treatment in the Raleigh Triangle area.
Excessive thirst and frequent urination
Extreme thirst and increased urination are very traditional diabetes symptoms.
Once you have diabetes, extra sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood. This condition is referred to as hyperglycemia, high blood sugar or high blood glucose. Your kidneys must function overtime to consume and filter the excess sugar. In cases where your kidneys can not keep pace, the surplus sugar is excreted in to your urine along with fluids sucked from your body tissues. This translates to more frequent urination, and that may leave your body not properly hydrated. Any time you drink more fluids to satisfy your thirst, you can expect to urinate much more. That is the single biggest tipoff when it comes to asking yourself, “Mmm… do I have something going on? Like diabetes?” If you have a certain thirst / drinking pattern and your body starts telling you that it needs more and more fluids, that is a great time to see a doctor.
Dr Parikh, in either the Raleigh NC or Cary NC office locations, can effectively screen you for diabetes by providing a simple blood sugar test. Normally this will require a fasting period prior to the exam. If you have any questionable results, more tests may be required to confirm these results. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Parikh and mention your concerns. The office will likely suggest a proper fasting period prior to your visit so that the tests may be run during that office visit.
You might feel exhausted. Several factors can lead to this, and, obviously, not all of these are diabetes. Tiredness by itself is not an immediate indicator of diabetes. It could be poor sleep patterns, general lack of sleep, poor diet, stress – it really can be difficult to pin it down. However, in combination with any of these other factors, it very well may be a good idea to get a medical opinion. More coffee is NOT always the answer. When tiredness is a result of diabetes, it is usually the dehydration from frequent urination and also your own body’s inability to function correctly because it just doesn’t have the sugar available for energy needs.
Weight fluctuations also land under the umbrella of feasible diabetes signs and symptoms. You are going to be losing calories when you lose sugar through that frequent and regular urination. At the same time, diabetes may keep the sugar from those meals from actually even reaching your cells – bringing about continuous hunger. The combined result is possibly fast weight loss, particularly if you have type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes symptoms sometimes will surface in somewhat unexpected vision changes. Gradual changes in vision, particularly as you age, are expected. When your vision changes more dramatically though, that is a warning sign that bears a little follow up. Elevated degrees of blood sugar pull liquid away from your cells, such as the lenses of your eyes. This changes your ability to focus and results in that mentioned vision change.
Left untreated, diabetes can cause new vessels to develop on the retina to try to bring more sugar (via your blood) to the eye for needed energy. This in turn can cause issues with the existing blood vessels. For many people, these first body reactions do not create major eyesight problems. Nevertheless, if these little symptoms go unnoticed – or not acted on, they very easily can able to lead to eyesight loss and blindness.
Contact Dr. Parikh today to schedule a diabetes screening or for more information about diabetes treatment.