Don't Ignore These Weird Diabetes Signs
You may not experience the more common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes like numb feet or hands, endless trips to the bathroom, or insatiable thirst. However, that might not mean you're out of the woods. There are some lesser known signs that may indicate blood sugar problems.
Changes in Your Skin
A strange skin change may occur. At first you may wonder if you are growing mold in certain folds of your skin. Then you visit the dermatologist, because of the dark, velvety patches in your elbows, knuckles, or back of the neck. Your doctor may agree with Sanjiv Saini, MD, a dermatologist in Edgewater, Maryland. Saini said, "High insulin levels promote the growth of skin cells, and melanin, a pigment in these cells, makes the patches dark."
Your doctor will probably advise you to have your blood sugar checked as these skin changes can be an early warning sign that your blood sugar levels are too high. Other hormonal or genetic predispositions can also be a reason for these patches, but having your blood checked is a good precaution to take. Your dermatologist can treat the patches with laser or topical retina A. Or losing 10 pounds can also help your insulin and blood sugar levels get back on track. Then the patches will disappear.
Sudden improvement of eyesight isn't necessarily a good thing. Diabetes causes fluid levels in your body to change. This includes inside your eyes. These irregular blood sugar levels can make your vision irregular too. Your sight may actually seem better with elevated blood sugar levels, and worse when they are normal. This is just another reason to talk to your doctor about checking for diabetes.
An Itch That Won’t Go Away
A reoccurring, overwhelming itchiness in your hands, feet, and lower legs is another lesser-known symptom of diabetes. High blood sugar levels decrease the blood circulation to your extremities which causes them to feel itchy and dry. Of course, there are other reasons for itchy and dry skin. If you are using a moisturizing lotion on a regular basis, and the itchiness doesn't get better, have your blood sugar levels checked.
Hard of Hearing
Hearing loss can be an early warning sign of diabetes, not just a sign of old-age. A study done by the National Institute of Health, using participants that did not fit in the criteria for diabetes yet, found that people with higher levels of blood sugar were 30% more likely to damage their hearing because of unhealthy glucose levels. The researchers concluded that diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels to the inner ear, causing a loss in hearing.
The onset of Type 2 Diabetes can still show some of the better known symptoms. But don't dismiss these other bizarre signs in your body. Talk to your doctor about checking your blood sugar before diabetes causes lasting damage to your health.