8 Warning Signs of Uncontrolled Diabetes

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4. Your hearing is getting worse

People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as people who don’t have the condition. While more research is necessary to fully understand the connection, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that hearing loss is more common amongst individuals with diabetes due to nerve damage (specifically, auditory nerves) and blood vessel damage caused by uncontrolled blood glucose levels.

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Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Brian Jackson

5. Numbness and Tingling

Peripheral neuropathy, also known as distal symmetric neuropathy or sensorimotor neuropathy, is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. It usually affects the feet and legs, but it can also affect, or spread to, the arms and hands, back, and abdomen. Symptoms are often unnoticeable to a patient initially but worsen over time. Discomfort is usually most prevalent at night.

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Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the extremities (particularly toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms), stabbing, freezing, or burning pain, cramps, muscle weakness, joint pain, and insensitivity to temperature.

6. Sexual dysfunction

Diabetes is, unfortunately, a leading cause of sexual health issues. And for individuals who have consistently poor glucose control, the risk is even greater. While there are several ways in which sexual health problems can manifest themselves, and multiple different causes, one of the greatest threats is diabetic neuropathy.

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Having a chronic illness can also cause a great deal of emotional and mental strain. The stress associated with diabetes can take its toll and exacerbate the physical issues associated with the condition.

7. You sweat differently

The autonomic nervous system controls bodily functions that are involuntary, such as temperature and blood pressure regulation, bladder control, and respiratory function. When these nerves are damaged, it can cause you to sweat more frequently or not at all.

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8. Your skin is changing

Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can increase your chances of developing skin conditions. When your numbers are consistently high, it can deplete the skin of moisture, making it more prone to dryness, cracking, and itching. This creates perfect conditions for bacterial and fungal infections.

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Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Voyagerix

Further, individuals with uncontrolled blood sugar levels are prone to diabetic blisters, eruptive xanthomatosis, diabetic dermopathy, and digital sclerosis, and acanthosis ngricans.

Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent these complications. For starters, talk to your physician about ways you can gain tighter control of your diabetes. He or she may recommend diet and lifestyle changes, or they may decide to alter your medications. Until then, there are things you can do to get on track…

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