diabetes symptoms and risk factors

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

People who think they might have diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Feeling very tired much of the time
  • Very dry skin
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • More infections than usual

Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of these symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent diabetes, now called type 1 diabetes.

Risk Factors of Diabetes

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors are less well defined for type 1 diabetes than for type 2 diabetes, but autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved in developing this type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and people with a family history of diabetes than in other groups. Obesity is also associated with higher risk. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35% to 60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10–20 years.

Other specific types of diabetes, which may account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed cases, result from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses.

Signs of Diabetes

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  1. beagle dog says:

    Symptomen van diabetes | HealthPad.Info

  2. megaman2160 says:

    what does that have to do with the questions i have asked in regards of this video?

  3. megaman2160 says:

    And when did i ever say that this video was talking ABOUT TYPE ONE DIABETES?

  4. Diaqueen13 says:

    You didn’t. you don’t specify that at all. in the video it just says diabetes not one or the other.

  5. fayrelight says:

    NO when you lose weight (as someone who has) if you already have diabetes. If you don’t already have diabetes you can greatly lower your risk. Risk is based on more than just weight.
    Yes, losing weight will help to lower blood sugar levels somewhat, however; your blood sugar levels are a result of what you eat, drink and how much sleep and exercise you get. Good luck.

  6. fayrelight says:

    SEE Your doctor and be checked out!
    Immediately. Diabetes is controllable!

  7. fayrelight says:

    Please visit your doctor and be checked. This is nothing to wait and see about. You can lower your risks for complications by taking control early. So please find out if you have diabetes and then find a diabetes education program to help you deal with it!

  8. fayrelight says:

    If you have diabetes, find a diabetes education program at your nearest hospital. They can give you great help in dealing with the disease and help you greatly lower your risk of complications!

  9. pigsaresmart says:

    There are great vids of Dr Cousens offering ways to lower the intake of insulin and getting the pancreas fit again.

  10. ImagesByDavid says:

    Its 3.30am and i know for sure i have type 2.
    Going to doc tomo.

  11. 123blackmafia says:

    i’m writing a text about diabetes 2… any good websides to get some facts?

  12. GobbolinoCJM says:

    im showin all the signs for type 1 of diabetes n now im just really scared n freaked out 🙁

  13. gretulytea222 says:

    I always hungry and thirsty,always loosing wait and my mouth is very dry ,I have blurry vision in school, nd very tired all the time

  14. jerrymclos says:

    East africans such as somalians etiopians and eritreans are the least likely to develop diabetes ,so caucasians are more likely to get diabetes than east africans so ur wrong on ”if ur non caucasian ur less likely to develop diabetes” yes but there are the exceptions !!!

  15. Everflamen says:


    Go ask out your doctor. 🙂 You can easily have the symptoms without have diabetes, so relax. You might not have it. Check with your doctor to be sure, tho.

  16. 1994DavidLotro says:

    guys please help me!! My dad’s grandmother and grandpa died of diabetes, ok look, um at night when i’m about to sleep i go and drink some juice, it’s like i need to get some sugar, and um well when my feet are in water um i get a small tingling in the water for a little bit and then it goes, as for the blurry vision is the blurry vision like it’s there or is it a blurry as in it comes and it goes.

  17. 1994DavidLotro says:

    oh yeah and if you have diabetes you take an injection every day ok i got that but um what else happens? what can’t you eat.

  18. Everflamen says:

    The reason people get diabetes is because an organ called the pancrea suddenly stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone used by the cells in the body to make the blood sugar (glucose) into storagable energy (glycogen). This is all needed to complete a successful respiratory process.

    When your pancrea stops producing insulin for the body, you have to inject the insulin yourself. For non-diabetics, the body stabilizes the level of insulin itself, so it doesn’t matter how much sugar you eat.

  19. Everflamen says:

    For diabetics, the amount of sugar you ingest during meals throughout the day, is all controlled by the amount of insulin you inject. Therefore, it would be unwise to eat lots of candy if you take a usual small dose of insulin.

    The more sugar you obtain, the more insulin you need.

    So, to sum it up: There’s nothing you can’t eat. You can continue your daily life as long as you have your insulin on you. However;

  20. Everflamen says:

    However; if you dont inject insulin frequently, the body cells will fail to obtain the glucose, making the sugar trapped in your blood. If this happens, your blood sugar will rise, and you will feel dizzy, uncomfortable, and long exposure to these effects can cause a diabetic coma.

    I hope what I wrote helped you understand. 🙂

  21. Everflamen says:

    If it goes back to your great-grandparents, and your grandparents and parents dont suffer from diabetes, the chance is minimal that you have it. However, out from the symptoms that you write down here, I myself get rather concerned. High blood sugar changes the shape and flexibility of the lens of the eye distorting the ability to focus and causes blurred vision. I think you should go talk with your parents, have them take you to a doctor, and then get a blood test. 🙂 please hurry though.

  22. quietbeauty11 says:

    Diabetics are suppose to stay away from food with alot of sugar in it. Also food with alot of carbs in it. We have to drink sugar free and diet drinks. Not only do they have to inject insulin but also test their blood everyday with a gluclose meter. Diabetes is not a painful disease but it effect every part of your body if you dont take care of it. You can go blind, have your limbs cut off, or kidney failure, gum disease, every part of your body is not safe with diabetes. All because of sugars!

  23. 1994DavidLotro says:

    If I have diabetes, i heard you can take a pill instead of an injection now? and um does that mean I can’t take things like fast food, or a donut or coca cola, plz explain

  24. 1994DavidLotro says:

    um everflamen you know for the blurry vision, it’s like um, i dont think it’s something to do with diabetes, i mean i pplay computer games alot and um after i look at the screen for long and i look at a tv screen it’s like um, i can see the lights of the tv reflecting off and um a bit blurry but i think that’s has to do with me playing games alot, the sympton i seem to have is thirst, but the thirst i have is alike i go and take a drink sometimesbofore i sleep.

  25. 1994DavidLotro says:

    oh sorry i meant my dad’s parents not grandparents.

  26. 1994DavidLotro says:

    um if i find out that i dont have diabetes but there’s a chance i might get it in the future, is it possible to take something to be immune from it, my parents checked me as a baby and as a baby i had no diabetes.