According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s June 2022 data, there has been a 150 per cent rise in cases of people with diabetes , according to the updated Type 1 Diabetes care recommendations. It also notes that India has the world’s second-largest population of adult diabetics. As such, it is extremely important to take care of one’s dietary habits and also exercise regularly.
But, dietitian Garima Goyal points out that it is equally essential to understand the ‘classic symptoms‘ of diabetes to seek timely treatment.
“Here are the classic symptoms of diabetes — if your body is showing any of them, then it’s time to book a consultation with your doctor and get a screening test done,” the expert wrote on Instagram.
She listed these symptoms
Increased thirst: When leaving the kidney, glucose takes water along with it. This, in turn, leads to an unusual increase in thirst.
Frequent urination: Glucose is osmotically active. Therefore, it extracts more water into the blood.
Unexplained weight loss: Fluids are lost through urine. As such, to get energy, the body converts fat into free fatty acids which leads to unusual weight loss.
Delay in wound healing: Increased glucose reduces circulation towards the wound. Therefore, wound healing takes time.
Glucose is unable to reach the cells of the body due to which there is lack of adequate energy and thus, a person feels tired.
Increased hunger: Due to lack of glucose for body functions, a mechanism is triggered to get more food for functioning. That creates a feeling of perpetual hunger.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?