The most usual symptoms of diabetes type 2 are frequently bathroom visits, haze in the hands and the feet and voracious thirst. Yet, there are other hidden and silent symptoms that are pointing in sugar level issues. In this article you will learn about 5 unexpected symptoms of diabetes.
- Loud and often snoring
Osama Hamdy, MD, director of inpatient diabetes management at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston states that approximately half of type 2 patients are experiencing sleep-disarrayed breathing. If you notice loud snoring through the night or daytime sleepiness, you should check your sugar levels. According to a study that took place in Canada, 23% of patients are diagnosed with moderate or mild stiffing (sleep apnea) which is a usual sleep disarray, are having a risk from diagnosing diabetes in 5 ½ years. The link between this two conditions is not yet clear, but there is certainly one relation. Because of the sleep-disarrayed breathing, stress hormones are released while we sleeping which are increasing the blood sugar levels.
- Unpleasant skin changes
The skin changes are showing you that there is a problem with your blood sugar levels. If some dark blemishes are appearing on the folds of your skin, usually on the elbows, joints or the back of the neck, you should test your sugar levels because this is a symptom of high sugar levels. According to Sanjiy Saini, MD, a dermatologist in Egarwater, Maryland, despite the skin disarray (acanthosis nigricans) could be related with genetics or hormonal conditions, they can be a symptom of increased blood sugar levels too. He said that increased insulin amounts are stimulating the growth of skin cells and melanin, which is a pigment in the cells and gives the dark color of the blemishes. He also states that the test may prove that the patient is already facing diabetes or it will just point that the sugar levels are increased, which means that the patient has some risk of diagnosing diabetes. With losing at least 10 pounds the patient will reduce the blood sugar levels, or the dermatologist can use a laser therapy or topical retina A in order to treat it.
- The hearing is not as it used to be
If you have difficulties to finish a conversation without needing a repetition or you need to increase the volume on the TV, you should visit your doctor in order to make a blood sugar test. A study by the National Institute of Health states that hearing loss can be a hidden sign of diabetes. Experts are stating that diabetes is harming the blood vessels and the nerves of the inner ear, which results in poor hearing. In the individuals where the blood sugar is raised, the risk of facing some hearing issues is 30% higher than the individuals with normal and healthy sugar levels.
- Sudden improvement of the vision
Some people are thinking that it is a good thing when they are getting rid of their glasses suddenly. Howard Baum, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the diabetes division at Vanderbilt University, claims that foggy vision is usually considered as a diabetes symptom, which is not veracious because the vision can change for both better and worse. “Some patients told me that their vision has bettered when their blood sugars were raised, and then after they begin treating their diabetes, they needed their glasses again- he said. Diabetes impacts vision in the following way- it stimulates fluid levels in the body to move around (including the eyes) which later leads to changeable vision.
- Unrelenting itchiness
You shouldn’t be ashamed to visit your doctor if you are experiencing constant scratching. It is very possible that it is related with diabetes. As a matter of fact, diabetes decreases the circulation which is causing dryness and itchiness of the skin. Dr. Baum states that some of his newly diagnosed patients are saying that they are experiencing itchiness on their extremities-hands, lower legs and feet, so he recommends that the doctors should consider the relation between itchiness and other symptoms. In case you are experiencing constant scratching and you can’t help yourself with a moisturizer, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.