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14 Unusual Symptoms of Diabetes That Should Not Be Ignored!

Published on: Jun 05, 2024
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Unusual Symptoms of Diabetes are often associated with well-known symptoms of diabetes like weight gain and high blood sugar levels, among others, but did you know there are some less obvious signs, too, which you might not be aware of?

Unusual Symptoms of Diabetes, like fatigue, frequent thirst, leg pain, etc., are some uncommon symptoms of diabetes. Let’s find out more about these unusual symptoms of diabetes:

1. Mental Changes: Tiredness and Fatigue

Are you feeling unusually tired or fatigued? While it’s common to feel tired after a long day, persistent fatigue can be an unusual symptom of diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can affect how your body converts food into energy, leaving you feeling drained and sluggish.

2. Hair fall

Are you noticing unusual hair fall while combing than usual? Hair fall can be a surprising, unusual symptom of diabetes.

Poor circulation and high blood sugar levels can affect hair follicles, leading to thinning of hair or excessive hair loss.

3. Vision Changes

Blurry vision, difficulty in seeing or vision related changes in your eyesight can be linked to unusual symptoms of diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, which can cause eye and vision related problems that should not be ignored.

Some of the eye-related problems that one can experience could be diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, etc.

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4. Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can also be an unusual symptom of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves and blood vessels in your ears, affecting your ability to hear clearly.

5. Mouth: Dry Mouth and Periodontitis

Dry mouth and gum disease (periodontitis) are common yet often overlooked unusual symptoms of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can reduce saliva production, causing a dry mouth.

Additionally, diabetes can weaken your gums and teeth, making you more prone to infections.

6. Thirst

Are you feeling excessively thirsty all the time? This is a classic, unusual symptom of diabetes. When your blood sugar levels are high, your kidneys work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar, which can cause increased thirst.

7. Skin: Skin Tags, Pigmentation, and Nail Changes

Skin tags, dark patches of skin (pigmentation), and changes in your nails can also be unusual symptoms of diabetes.

These skin changes are often due to high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which affect skin health and healing.

8. Infections

Frequent infections, whether skin, urinary tract, or yeast infections, can be a red flag for unusual symptoms of diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can weaken our immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight off infections.

9. Digestive Disturbances: Diarrhea & Constipation

Digestive issues like diarrhea & constipation can be linked to unusual symptoms of diabetes. Our pancreas plays an important role in digestion, and diabetes can disrupt its normal function, leading to these uncomfortable symptoms.

10. Sexual Health

Diabetes can also affect sexual health. Men may experience erectile dysfunction, while women might notice a decrease in libido or experience vaginal dryness.

These issues can be linked to high blood sugar, leading to poor blood circulation and nerve damage caused by unusual symptoms of diabetes.

11. Slow Healing of Wounds

If you have cuts or wounds that take longer than usual to heal, it might be due to unusual symptoms of diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can impair your body’s natural healing process, making it harder for wounds to close and heal properly.

12. Leg Pain and Cramps

Body Pain, Back Pain, General Body Pain, Night Cramps, and Swollen Feet.

Leg pain, cramps, and general body pain, including back pain and night cramps, can be unusual symptoms of diabetes. Poor circulation and nerve damage can cause discomfort and swelling in your feet and legs.

13. Weight Loss

Unexplained weight loss is another unusual symptom of diabetes that should raise concerns.

When your body can’t properly use glucose for energy (which is when diabetes kicks in), it starts with burning fat and muscle instead, leading to weight loss.

14. Urination

Frequent urination is another well-known unusual symptom of diabetes. As your body tries to get rid of excess sugar through urine, you may need to go to the bathroom more often.

How We At Fitterfly Can Help You?

We often ignore some of these unusual symptoms of diabetes mentioned in this, thinking they might be due to environmental changes, stress, or something else. However, these symptoms are commonly seen in people with diabetes.

When you notice any such unusual symptoms of diabetes, talk to your doctor. Our Diabetes Prime Program members often approach us with these kinds of unusual symptoms of diabetes and are often unaware that these are actually because of diabetes.

We help them get to the root cause of it and tackle it at the grassroots level – we do that by managing their diabetes.

If you, too, are experiencing these unusual symptoms of diabetes, are confused, and not sure what to do, feel free to talk to our program advisors at 08069450746.

They will help you get a personalized Diabetes care or Weight Loss plan based on your current health. Know more about the Diabetes Care Program.

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This blog provides general information for educational and informational purposes only and shouldn't be seen as professional advice.

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