Ten signs of uncontrolled diabetes

When a person works out their treatment plan with their doctor, the doctor will advise them on their target glucose levels. These can vary between people.

High blood glucose

Frequent urination, or polyuria, is a common sign of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Polyuria happens when a person urinates at least 3 liters per day.

Increased urination

People with diabetes sometimes experience polydipsia, an extreme form of thirst.This is in type 1 diabetes and it can also occur with type 2 when blood sugar levels are very high.

Increased thirst

Ketones are a by-product of this process. As they accumulate in the blood, they can make the blood too acidic.

Diabetic ketoacidosis

A person with diabetes may have high blood glucose levels, but their cells cannot access this glucose to use it as energy.

Appetite increase

Whether a person with diabetes loses weight or not depends on how well the body is using glucose, and how much that person is eating.

Weight loss

When the body cannot access glucose from the blood, due to insulin problems, the body breaks down fat for energy. This creates a chemical called acetone that can have a fruity smell.

Fruity breath

Over time, high glucose levels can damage the blood vessels, including those of the kidneys.As the kidneys work harder to filter the blood, kidney disease can result.

Kidney problems

People with diabetes often have cardiovascular symptoms, such as high blood pressure. They may also have high cholesterol levels and obesity.

Cardiovascular symptoms

When a person works out their treatment plan with their doctor, the doctor will advise them on their target glucose levels. These can vary between people.

High blood glucose

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