SUGAR IN YOUR URINE
Signs of Diabetes: Dr. Thomas Willis, 300 hundred years ago, determined whether his patients had diabetes by sampling their urine.
If the urine had a sweet taste he would diagnose diabetes mellitus- “honeyed” diabetes.
I wonder if he used a straw?
This method of monitoring blood sugars or glucose went largely unchanged until the 20th century.
Diabetes mellitus are a group of diseases that may be life long, or chronic. They are best confronted with an array of Diabetes Fit For Life strategies.
You May Have Diabetes If:
- You’re middle age or older
- Have a parent, brother, sister or parent with diabetes
- You are Pacific Islander, Asian American, Native American,
- Latino or African American decent
- Blood pressure is 140/90 or higher
- Have had diabetes while pregnant
- Your blood sugar in higher than normal
- Good cholesterol or HDL is less than 35
- Triglyceride level is higher than 250
- You are inactive
Or if you have:
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger (especially after eating)
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores or cuts
- Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area)
- Frequent yeast infections
- Recent weight gain
- Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit, and groin, called acanthosis nigricans
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
- Decreased vision
- Elevated Blood Sugar or Glucose Level
Diabetes is a Spectrum of Metabolic Disorders:
The disorder run the gamut from insulin resistance of type 2 diabetes, parlayed by obesity and sedentary, self-destructive lifestyles, to the immune system’s mistaken destruction of pancreatic beta cells that characterize type 1 diabetes; To gestational diabetes of pregnant women.
Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases causing a person to have high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
With pre-diabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. However, many people with pre-diabetes develope type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Its a sign of diabetes to come.
Experts disagree about the specific blood glucose level they should use to diagnose diabetes, and through the years, that number has changed.
Individuals with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, people with pre-diabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.
How Are Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Diagnosed?
A fasting plasma glucose test measures blood glucose in a person who has not eaten anything for at least 8 hours. This test is used to detect diabetes and pre-diabetes.
An oral glucose tolerance test measures blood glucose after a person fasts at least 8 hours and 2 hours after the person drinks a glucose-containing beverage. This test can be used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes.
A random plasma glucose test, also called a casual plasma glucose test, measures blood glucose without regard to when the person being tested last ate. This test, along with an assessment of symptoms, is used to diagnose diabetes but not pre-diabetes.
Diabetes Listed as Cause of Death on 231,000 Death Certificates
According to the U.S. Center For Disease Control, in 2007, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause on 71,382 death certificates and as a contributing factor on an additional 160,022 death certificates.
This means that diabetes contributed to a total of 231,404 deaths. Seven million people have undiagnosed diabetes and 80 million people have pre-diabetes.