Symptoms of Diabetes
Having diabetes is very hard on your heart and blood vessels. Diabetes is a major risk factor for both coronary heart disease and stroke. High blood sugar and diabetes occur when your body cannot properly use the glucose in your blood. This happens when your body does not produce enough insulin, the insulin your body does produce no longer works well to clear glucose, or a combination of the two.
If you have diabetes or high blood sugar, be sure to work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. If you have type II diabetes, take steps to reverse your insulin resistance.
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Normal & High Blood Sugar Levels
If you have diabetes, you are most likely to die from heart disease. Keeping blood sugar in a normal range is very important to having healthy blood vessels. Normal and high blood sugar are defined as:
Normal fasting blood sugar = 100 mg/dL or less
Impaired fasting blood sugar = 100-125 mg/dL
Diabetes = fasting blood sugar >125 or more
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Type II diabetes often develops gradually over time. Early detection is important so you can begin treatment to protect damage to your heart and blood vessels.
Contact your doctor if you have any of these symptoms of diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive Thirst
- Extreme Hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased Fatigue
- Blurry vision
Reducing High Blood Sugar
If you are diagnosed with high blood sugar or diabetes, you have options for getting your blood sugar under control. In type I diabetes, taking insulin is the best treatment option. In type II diabetes, blood sugar can be improved by losing weight, if you are overweight, and staying physically active. Treatment with drugs is also an option for type II diabetes.
American Diabetes Association