Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Health: Sneaky Signs of Diabetes

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be tricky, which helps explain why millions of people have the disease but do not know it. You may know the classic symptoms of fatigue, recurrent infections and frequent urination.

Lesser known signs:

1. Bad Breath
A smell like nail polish remover. Excess sugar in saliva prompts bacteria growth, which help create foul-smelling gases.

2. Swollen gums.
Increased bacteria can lead to inflammation and bleeding.

3. Blurred Vision.
Sugar in the lens of the eye makes it swell and refract light improperly.

4. Frequent Thirst.
In an effort to eliminate sugar, the body demands plenty of fluids.

If you have two or more symptoms, and any other risk factors (being over age 40 or overweight; having a family history of diabetes; having high blood pressure or cholesterol), consult doctor soon. Be in control of your health.

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