Symptoms of Diabetes, Adult Onset Diabetes, and Obesity

Diabetes is an Increasing Problem

The number of people with diabetes continues to rise while their ages at the time of diagnosis drop. Type 2 diabetes, which used to be called adult - onset diabetes, is now striking children, due largely to the obesity epidemic.

Detection of Diabetes

Having diabetes requires careful examination of ones blood sugar level. Besides watching for signs of high blood sugar, they also have to be aware of warning signs of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Using a blood glucose meter, a person who has diabetes can tell if his/her sugar level is low. Normal fasting blood sugar is 70 to 100 mg/dl.

Some causes of Diabetes

Psychological and emotional stress among mothers may trickle down to their kids and increase their children’s risk of having diabetes. Mothers who experienced a stressful event such as divorce, domestic violence, mental tension and work pressure have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Parents who are often stressed out or are having problems is the number one stressor among children. Without the parent’s knowledge, children may get stressed, raising level of cortisol - also called the “stress hormone”.

Symptoms of Diabetes

There are several symptoms of diabetes which include low blood sugar (known as hypoglycemia), memory problems, urinary tract infection (UTI), damage to eyes, kidneys and heart. These symptoms of diabetes are explained in more detail below:

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