Do I Have the Symptoms of Diabetes?
You may have diabetes and not even know it.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can damage many of your organs due to elevated blood sugar levels. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes – but one-fourth of these are undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDP).
Why are so many people unaware that they have diabetes? One reason is that a person’s symptoms may be so mild that they don’t notice any problem.
Learn the Symptoms of Diabetes
Anyone may be at risk of diabetes, although who are obese, sedentary, older or with a family history of the disease have a higher probability.
It’s important to know the symptoms of diabetes as they may be subtle and difficult to detect:
Feeling thirsty and hungry
Cuts that heal slowly
If you sense any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor right away for testing to determine if you have diabetes.
Your Feet Often Show Signs of Diabetes
One very common complication of diabetes is neuropathy or nerve damage caused by excess glucose in the blood. The effects of nerve damage are often evident in your feet and legs, where you may experience numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation.
If you have any of these symptoms, please visit us right away! In those with diabetes, neuropathy may often be combined with poor circulation to provide a dangerous environment for your feet. An individual with diabetes may injure a foot and, being unable to feel the damage, may not notice until the wound has worsened. With poor circulation, healing blood can’t reach the injury site, and so the wound may deteriorate into a dangerous ulcer.
Please contact our office right away if you find a sore or cut on your foot that is not healing correctly. Addressing this situation, along with your diabetes, can mean the difference between managing your condition and experiencing foot damage or even amputation.
Let Us Know If You Detect Any Symptoms of Diabetes
The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors which consists of Dr. Robert Marra, Dr. Thomas Johnson, Dr. Kristen Winters, Dr. Laura Vander Poel, and Dr. Ryan Donegan is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices in Hartford County, conveniently located in Enfield, Windsor and South Windsor, CT.