What Happens When You Have Diabetes

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes that can turn into diabetes within 5 years. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or know someone who has, you may wonder what happens to your body.

What happens if you have diabetes? Your body will go through changes and you may notice some new symptoms.

What Is Diabetes?

When you have diabetes, your pancreas no longer makes insulin or your body has problems using insulin to breakdown food.

We eat to get energy. The enzymes in your pancreas turn food into glucose. Insulin moves this glucose to our cells.

There are two kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 is insulin-dependent, and you need to take insulin to live. Your body is attacking the insulin-producing cells, so your body cannot make insulin.

Type 2 is often the result of poor diets, exercise habits, and poor lifestyle. With type 2 diabetes, your pancreas does not use insulin effectively. The body cannot pull blood sugar to get it to the cells for energy.

High or Low Blood Sugar

Because you are not producing enough insulin and getting glucose to your cells, your blood sugar can get too high or too low. High blood sugar causes people to be in a fog and have extreme thirst and hunger.

Low blood sugar may make you feel confused or have a hard time concentrating. You may also break out in a sweat, or in extreme cases, pass out from lack of energy.

Weight Gain or Loss

When your blood sugar is low, you may start consuming everything in sight due to extreme hunger. Eating this extra food can cause you to gain weight. Some people may even lose weight because their bodies cannot properly convert food into energy, and the extra glucose is eliminated through urine.

Extreme Fatigue

Your blood sugar can fluctuate with diabetes. This can cause you to feel extremely tired and exhausted. It’s important to eat something like nuts or granola bars to help restore your energy.

Kidney Issues

If your blood sugar is high, it can cause your kidneys to filter more blood, which takes a toll on these filters. People with diabetes can have overworked kidneys, which can lead to kidney failure.

Nerve Issues

Fluctuating and uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to nerve damage such as diabetic neuropathy or Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia.

Some symptoms include a tingling sensation in your feet and hands. You may also have issues with perceptions of hot and cold, making you more prone to injury.

Blurred Vision

Another common warning of diabetes is experiencing blurred vision. You may notice that details are hard to see and your vision is not as sharp as it used to be.

Mood Swings

You can find yourself short-tempered and moody with diabetes. People with diabetes may also have depression-like symptoms with fluctuating blood sugar.

What Happens If You Have Diabetes

You may have one or more of these symptoms if you have diabetes. Everybody is different, but now you know what happens if you have diabetes.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor and develop a plan to help manage or prevent diabetes.

Keep checking out our site for other health advice to help you feel your best.

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