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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes



I had a friend who steadily put on weight; many of those around him then thought it was a sign of good living like we used to say in Nigeria. But as he continuously grew ‘robust’, it became a thing of serious concern to some of us; it got to an extent that even I began to suspect that this sudden chubby looks of my friend was not ordinary. Our friend became so bloated that he began to heave as he breathed, especially when embarking on any little physical activities such as mere climbing of the stairs, walking, etc. But little did one know that diabetes was knocking on his door.

Because one was too inexperienced or not enlightened enough to know, I could not offer any plausible suggestion or even think anywhere near the subject of diabetes in the case of my friend. And suddenly our friend (indeed a childhood friend) began to complain of intermittent ill health. What did we observe? He, in a matter of months slimmed down to a level we had never known. They talked of mystery illness and so on, out of ignorance of course. It was after a few years that I learnt that Desmond had been diagnosed with diabetes at the time he began to experience these debilitating symptoms. And so that was why he was always having appointments with his physician.
Diabetes - photo of pancreas cut away

 I began to hear of insulin injections and the rest of it. It was the now popular blood sugar disease that had made Desmond to have that unusual weight gain, and after a little while also, developed a sudden weight loss.
He emaciated so much that he had to change or adjust the size of all of his clothes. However, it is important to note that individual predisposition to this ailment vary too. Sometimes certain individuals present with none or very mild warning signs - and these are the patients with type 2 diabetes. And this characteristic of the type also makes it difficult to detect. While type 2 diabetes shows little or no signs and symptoms but building up on a steady gradual note, the onset of the disease in the type 1 patient (most prevalent in children) is usually kind of sudden and dramatic, with obvious warning signs following.

 Suffice it to say that what I observed about my friend Desmond, I had equally observed in a few other very similar instances. Sometimes it is not always the same scenario, but believe you me, I have had cause to interview a few individual diabetics who had confessed dietary patterns and habits that are so similar. The adoption of unwholesome nutritional habit marks the onset of diabetes in the individual. The unending battle Desmond had with diabetes in the long run made him to age so rapidly within a short space of time. It pains me to also include here the fact that Desmond passed on recently, just about eleven years after he had been diagnosed with the disease.

All of these notwithstanding, generally speaking, diabetes presents some well known  (warning) signs and symptoms such as frequent urination, frequent thirst, and numbness of the tip of the fingers which sometimes radiates to the hand as a whole, and sometimes the feet. Some other symptoms and signs may include ‘flash of light in the eye’, blurred vision or some sort of interference with vision. Also, usually at the dangerous levels, the diabetic could develop sores that if not properly attended to could become cancerous or difficult to heal. 

While it is very important to see your doctor as soon as you observe these symptoms, it is even more important to begin to refocus in terms of your dietary behaviour which calls for a lot of discipline. Some more of these symptoms and signs may also include: Increased hunger, tiredness, lack of interest and ability to concentrate, vomiting accompanied by abdominal pain, and frequency of infections. Notably too is the fact that the urine will usually taste of sugar with the evidence of having ants gather around it.

But of course in all of these, when clinically diagnosed it is common to find that the patient has an increased blood sugar level which is the kernel of the whole matter. But again I make bold to say that there is yet good news: ‘Healing foods’ and, or natural supplements (which I will talk about much later) are available and able to do a reversal of these situations, or effect healing as a matter of fact.


By Morgan Nwanguma

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