3. Experiencing odd symptoms? Other unexpected indications of diabetes include dry, itchy skin, the development of darkening and velvety patches of skin around the neck or other parts of the body, cuts and bruises that don’t heal and tingling and numbness of the hands and feet. Many of these symptoms occur because the blood vessels and nerves are damaged by the excessive amounts of glucose.
4. Feeling hungry – all the time? When your body doesn’t use glucose effectively, it needs more fuel, so you feel hungry and eat frequently.
5. Going to the bathroom a lot but always thirsty? These signs of diabetes are related. If you have diabetes, your body tries to get rid of the glucose that’s building in your blood by causing you to urinate frequently. When you go to the bathroom a lot, you lose a lot of fluid, making you dehydrated and thirsty.
The good news is that diabetes is manageable. A diabetes educator can help people with prediabetes or diabetes be as healthy as possible by talking with them about the best ways to manage their condition to fit their lifestyle. Find a diabetes educator near you.
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Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.