Diabetes is often referred to as the silent killer, due to its easy to miss symptoms. “Almost every day people come into my office with diabetes who don’t know it,” says Dr. Maria Collazo-Clavell, an MD endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
According to the American Diabetes Association, this silent killer affects nearly 24 million individuals in the U.S. However, only 18 million are aware of their condition. About 90% of these people have a type 2 diabetes.
The best way to detect this condition is to run a simple blood sugar level test. But if you have any of the following symptoms, go ahead and see your doctor.
10- Tingling and numbness
Feeling tingling and numbness in your hands or feet, together with swelling or pain, may mean that your nerves are susceptible to being damaged by diabetes.
If these symptoms are recent, it’s very likely to be correctable. Still, as in the case of other symptoms, if sugar levels are permitted to run high for prolonged periods, the nerve damage can become permanent.
9- Blurry vision
Altered vision, and seeing random flashes of light or ‘floaters’, are a consequence of high blood glucose levels. When glucose levels in your blood are high, it starts changing the shape of your lens and of your eye, as Dr. Collazo-Clavell clarifies.
Fortunately, this symptom is reversible when sugar levels return to normal, or near normal. But if your allow your sugar levels go uncontrolled for long periods, it may cause irreversible damage, and even blindness.