11 subtle signs you might have diabetes

7. You lose weight

If you suddenly lose weight without trying to, this can point to a couple of different things, one of which is diabetes. Insulin transports sugar from your blood to your cells and this provides energy. If you don’t have enough insulin, your body will need to burn something else: fat and muscles. This causes you to suddenly lose a lot of weight. If you have lost between 5 and 10 per cent of your body weight within six months, you’ll need to visit a doctor.

8. Always tired

Because diabetes causes you to not break down carbohydrates into glucose, your body doesn’t have its main source of energy. This can cause you to feel very tired, despite having a good sleep rhythm. Of course, feeling tired can have other causes as well, but if you experience this symptom along with some of the other ones we mention, you might have diabetes.

9. Yeast infection

As a woman, you might experience yeast infections more often if you have diabetes. Because of all the sugar in your blood, the yeast gets “fed” a lot, which causes you to experience infections more often. Have you had multiple infections over the span of a few months? This can be a sign of your blood sugar levels being too high.

10. Dark spots

Do you suddenly have dark spots in your neck, armpits or groin? This can point to diabetes. In women, it can also indicate PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).

11. Itch

A lot of diabetes patients with high blood sugar levels experience itchiness more often. Because sugar feeds yeast infections, you can develop infections on your skin and this causes itches.

Do you recognise multiple of these symptoms? Then you might want to visit a doctor!

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Source: Women’s Health, NHS | Image: Pxhere

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