◉► FAQ: What Are the SYMPTOMS of Diabetes? Diabetes Made Simple – Heal, Live, Thrive!

◉► FAQ: What Are the SYMPTOMS of Diabetes? Diabetes Made Simple – Heal, Live, Thrive!


Hey, everybody, it’s Dr. Matthew Hertert here
again, founder of ThrivingDiabetics.com and the Freedom from Diabetes programs, and today’s
Frequently Asked Question is, “What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?” and this
is a very important question to answer, but it can also be a little tricky because a lot
of these symptoms don’t show up in everybody. The symptoms can be very unique, they can
be very different from one person to another, and sometimes they’re so subtle that you wouldn’t
even necessarily catch that you were having one of these symptoms, or it might not catch
your attention for a while. And the thing about diabetes, with any type of diabetes
you have, is the sooner you diagnose, the sooner you can get it under control, the better
off you’re going to be today, tomorrow, and long term. So there are some signs and symptoms
that are pretty unique to diabetes, you really won’t see any, or too many other conditions
with these, so I’ve kind of ordered them in a way that should help us get through them
in order of frequency and commonality to ones that might be a little less common, or are
longer term – it means that you’ve been diabetic for a longer time, and there will be a test
at the end so make sure that you pay attention! Let’s meet our assistant for today, my favorite
scientist who I can actually draw, if you’ve seen my other videos, you’ve seen him before.
I had a lot of fun drawing this one, I was surprised at how hard it was to illustrate
some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes… So let’s start with the most common ones and
work our way down here, the first most common sign, regardless of the type of diabetes you’re
suffering from, is thirst and peeing all the time, you’ve got to go to the bathroom all
the time and it’s because you’re drinking so much water to try and satisfy that thirst.
If you have a basic understanding of diabetes or you’ve watched my other videos, you know
that at the most basic level the primary problem with diabetes is we’ve got too much extra
sugar floating around in our bloodstream, there is more sugar there than there should
be because we can’t use it the way that we should be able to, so this whole thirst process,
at both ends of the body, relates to our body’s desire to try and rinse all the extra sugar
out, so you’re going to be thirsty all the time. Another thing a lot of people don’t
realize with diabetes is, regardless of how much water you’re drinking, if your body’s
trying to rinse all this sugar out it’s going to pull water from anywhere that it can, meaning
from your muscles, your organ tissues, it’s going to be pulling water from everywhere
to try and rinse the sugar out so you’re going to be dehydrated in general. So those are
the most common, it’s not that people don’t have side effects like thirst with some medications
or other health conditions but it’s really that combination of the thirst and the needing
to go to the bathroom all the time, again because you’re flushing, flushing, flushing,
trying to get the sugar out, so those are the most common ones. I would say the second
most common symptoms are fatigue, being tired all the time, you see as the little snoozing
Z’s up here, and then being hungry and it won’t necessarily come across as stomach growling
hunger or that same kind of hunger, sometimes it’s a hunger that I experience more like
a fatigue kind of a hunger, an exhaustion hunger. The reason I drew it like this, as
the stomach growling is again, it turned out to be a harder thing to draw than I thought
it would be. So tiredness and exhaustion again comes from the fact that your body’s got all
this extra sugar in the bloodstream that it can’t get into the cells, so you’re short
on energy so your body can’t do the things it’s trying to do, it doesn’t have any fuel
to run on so you’re exhausted. The same thing with the stomach growling, particularly in
Type 2 diabetics where your body can’t get that sugar into the cells, the body as a whole
is going to be sending a message to the brain, “Hey, we are starving. We are starving to
death here because we can’t get sugar into the cells. We can’t get the fuel in. We can’t
make our body run or work.” So some part of your brain is like, “Well, that’s really weird
because the blood sugar is up over here but we don’t want to starve to death so we better
get more food in, so we’d better tell this person to eat something,” so those two are
both pretty common. I will say I’ve met fewer Type 1 diabetics who reported feeling hungry
all the time at the time of their diagnoses, at least as far as they can remember, maybe
that’s something that we don’t notice as much as being thirsty and peeing all the time,
I don’t know, but I will say that this is a lot more common to Type 2 diabetics, at
least in my experience. The next two most common symptoms as far as I’ve experienced,
as far as my vote goes, are things like shakiness, you can see his left foot and his right hand
here are kind of trembling, shakiness or weakness, again that’s a byproduct of the body not being
able to get fuel into the cells, so you get that all-body weakness, and then blurry vision.
I had a lot of fun with this one, one eyeball is kind of twitching, I used to get that sometimes
when I was a kid when my blood sugar was high and I’d feel like my eye was twitching a little
bit, or literally not being able to focus on anything, so those are also pretty common,
but we’re kind of getting into territory here where you tend to cross paths with other kinds
of illnesses and problems you might get with that, side effects from medications, things
that are maybe less consistent from diabetic to diabetic. So next down on the list is weight
loss, this again can happen pretty rapidly but will also happen probably more in Type
2 diabetics because again your body is starving, it can’t get the sugar into the cells so it’s
trying to draw energy from wherever it can, so you’re going to be releasing weight, you
can’t process it and turn it into fat. The other one that kind of comes in this area
is cuts that won’t heal, you know having things that take a long time to heal up on your skin,
so apparently he cut himself shaving – who know beaker shaved? He’s got a cut on his
hand, I tried to draw a band-aid on his foot but I didn’t do a very good job there, hopefully
it’s too small for you to see so you can’t judge my drawing – so that’s kind of the next
tier down, and then the last ones really are common infections, usually, again at this
point, if you’re having common infections it takes a while to find out you have an infection,
to get the symptoms, then to get it diagnosed, then to treat it, so we’re not as often talking
about Type 1 diabetes here, usually a Type 1 diabetic would be dead by this point, a
lot more common with Type 2 diabetics and then what goes with the common infections
is numbness and tingling, particularly in the extremities, in your hands and in your
feet and, again, that’s damage from the high levels of blood sugar floating around in your
body and affecting those tiny blood vessels and nerves in your hands and in your feet.
One thing that is diagnostic for this that can separate it from other kinds of issues
is that it would be very, very, very rare for you to have it just in one hand or just
in one foot, you know it’s going to be both sides of your body because that blood sugar
is affecting all parts of you symmetrically, so if you’ve got something wrong with one
hand, it could be carpal tunnel syndrome or something else like that, but it’s less likely
that it’s diabetes. If you’re a hypochondriac and you’re here watching this to find out
if that numbness and tingling in your right hand is diabetes, probably not – but go get
it checked out anyway! That’s really the take home, is if you’ve got any of these symptoms,
or if anybody in your family does, you’ve got to get it checked out right away, it’s
human nature to be afraid to get bad news like you’ve got a condition like this, that
you’ve got to change your lifestyle or do different things, but there is no health condition
worth being fearful of that is going to get better with time, it’s only going to get worse
with time, so procrastination, being motivated by a fear or worry, is only going to make
things worse for you, you’re going to have more damage done you have to recoup from,
you’re going to have a harder time getting yourself into regular control. So if you’ve
got any of these symptoms make sure that, I mean early diagnosis is really key to living
well with diabetes, to staying out of the symptoms and the side effects and those awful
long-term complications, so that’s my really loving, sincere encouragement for you is to
please don’t horse around if you’re worried that this might be you, all it takes is a
blood test, it’s a very easy thing. Please post your comments and questions below, I’m
also interested in any side effects that you might have experienced as a diabetic that
were less common or that I’ve not heard of before, so if you had a weird one make sure
that you share that below, the rest of the community will appreciate that information,
too. Visit us at ThrivingDiabetics.com, check out my educational materials and coaching
programs, and in the meantime, we’ll see you at the next Frequently Asked Question video,
have a great day, and be well!

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