Cape Tovn – November is the month of diabetes awareness. As part of a campaign to raise awareness about diabetes, the Independent Association of Community Drugs (ICPA) warns that diabetes does not seem obvious to everyone symptoms.
People should also look at other unusual signs that can mark a high level of blood sugar:
Leather ducks – Dark, velvety strips in the joints of the skin, usually at the back of the neck, elbows or joints, are often an early warning sign of a high blood sugar level. This is caused by high levels of insulin that promote the growth of skin cells and melanin, the pigment in these cells, which makes the blemishes dark.
Improved vision – Blurry vision is a symptom of diabetes. But, in fact, any change in vision, whether it's better or worse, can also be a symptom. The reason for this is that diabetes leads to a change in the level of fluid in the body, including within the eyes, which can lead to changes in vision.
Itchiness – Diabetes reduces blood circulation and causes damage to the nerves, which can lead to dry skin and itching.
Hearing loss – ICPA advises that a study by the National Institute of Health suggests that hearing loss may be an early warning sign of diabetes, and researchers believe that diabetes damages blood vessels and nerves of the inner ear, leading to comparative hearing.
Feeding "Statistics show that about half of type 2 diabetics are snorting. The relationship is not fully understood, but people who have a pile tend to release stress hormones during sleep, which can lead to blood sugar levels," says Jackie Maimin, director ICPA.
Smrdes and injuries of the lens slower – The immune system and processes that help to treat the body do not work so well when the sugar levels are high
Your legs tingle – An elevated blood sugar level can cause complications before you realize that you have diabetes. One of them is peripheral nerve damage, which can cause tingling or needles and needles in the feet
You are more prone to urinary tract and yeast infections – Higher levels of urine and vaginal sugar can become the cultivation of bacteria and yeast that cause these infections. Reproductive infections can be a sign of diabetes.
The number of people suffering from diabetes is increasing and in the light of this ICPA urges South Africans to review and test for diabetes during the month of knowing about diabetes – an independent municipal pharmacy offers a free screening of diabetes screening in November.
Maimin explains that ICPA has developed a risk assessment tool for diabetes that predicts the chances of a person who has diabetes over the next few years, or that she already has.
This risk assessment is characterized by a series of targeted issues and data analysis, which then show whether a person needs to continue further examination and if they need counseling about changes in lifestyle to avoid diabetes.
* For more information contact the Association of Independent Companies (021) 671 4473.