A Closer Look at Diabetes Symptoms

Diabetes is one of the most common types of diseases that face men and women alike. For the most part the illness can be controlled but as far as a cure, scientist and researchers have yet to find one that will completely take care of this condition. There are many different warning signs that everyone should be aware of. If you have more than one of the following diabetes symptoms, you should check with your doctor immediately. If you suspect that you may have diabetes, it is important to get checked. As with any life threatening disease, putting off the exam can be deadly.

There are three types of diabetes, each one being as dangerous as the other. Although the each one has similar warning signs, treatment can be quite different. The following is a discussion of symptoms broken down by the type and these warning signs should not be ignored.

All types of diabetes exist because your body is not getting the glucose it needs to work properly. Gestational diabetes often happens with pregnancy and sometimes the symptoms and danger will gradually disappear after the delivery of the baby. In some cases however, it can be an early warning sign of what is to come later in the mother’s life.

Type 1 diabetes is when there is too much glucose in the blood but not enough in the cells. This often causes symptoms such as frequent urination, excessive thirst and weakness and fatigue. Another very common sign that diabetes is present is the fact that there is uncontrollable hunger along with weight loss. Although these signs are present in other types of diabetes, there are more symptoms that show up with the other types.

Patients that have type 2 diabetes will often have the same symptoms as type 1 diabetes patients as well as a few other crucial signs. There is often tingling and numbness of the patient’s feet because of the nerve damage that is often present in diabetes. Another important sign that someone may be developing diabetes is blurred vision. This can happen with little or no warning.

Many times patients with type 2 diabetes will notice that they are very easy bruised. This is because the blood does not have the correct balance of nutrients and vessels can be damaged very easily. It is also very common for those that have type 2 diabetes will not heal as easily as they use to. Many times if circulation problems and injury occur in patients with uncontrolled diabetes, amputation of toes is often necessary to keep from serious infections from happening.

If you are experiencing two or more of the diabetes symptoms, it is in your best interest to see your doctor immediately. Only the physician can do the proper test to diagnose whether you need to start treating the disease. Without continuous treatment and constant supervision, the disease can cause amputations, comas and even death.

To find out more about diabetes symptoms, do a little more research online or talk to your doctor or specialist.

Diabetes Insurance – Can You Afford Not To Be Covered?

Medical Health Insurance For Diabetes

Recently I was reading an article about ‘Uninsured Diabetes’ by David and Elizabeth Edelman and realised how fortunate I am living in the UK where I do not have to pay for my medication because I am a diabetic.

Several years ago I encountered a number of health problems and the end result was that I was diagnosed as being a diabetic and put directly onto insulin. To be honest if I had to pay for the test strips, meter, insulin, clinic visits, podiatrist, dietician and endocrinologist I would be broke or dead! However, God Bless England, because once you are diagnosed as a diabetic and receiving treatment with insulin to control it, you do not have to pay for any medication whatsoever, even medication that is not related to diabetes.

However for my cousins across the pond it is story is very different. Unless you have medical insurance you have to find some way to pay for your diabetic medication and supplies. Unfortunately, many health insurance companies do not cover diabetes and even if you find a company that does it is more than likely that your premiums will be expensive.

So what do you do if you cannot afford medical insurance? For Type 1 Diabetics it is particularly difficult because they need insulin every day in order to remain healthy and alive. Type 1 Diabetics do not produce any insulin and depend on the synthetic formulas in order to survive. That is why it must be extremely difficult in countries where there is no national health service which provides free medication and understands the difficulties that diabetics encounter.

I suppose the best advice I can give is to shop around to obtain the best and most affordable healthcare insurance that specializes in diabetic health insurance. Plus when you are purchasing supplies, insulin and pills buy generic alternatives to the branded name products as they can be as much as 1/2 the price!

So far as Type 2 Diabetes is concerned it has to be said that it can be managed through a regime of pills, diet and exercise. Sadly, however, as much as 60% of diabetics who initially take pills and follow a diet progress from pills to injecting insulin, which is much more expensive. This figure is particularly high when you consider that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with consumption of the right type of foods, physical exercise and weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetics face the same problems as Type 1 diabetics in relation to obtaining health insurance, and the same principles mentioned above apply, but as a Type 2 diabetic you have the option of not requiring health insurance because you can reduce or eliminate any dependence on medication by taking control and aiming to reversing your diabetes and begin to produce insulin naturally. This can be achieved by following tried and tested diabetes reversing guidelines.

However, there does appear to be relief on the horizon and maybe Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms may help to alleviate the financial burden that people with diabetes face.

DeAnna Dubis