Signs You Have Diabetes, Say Physicians — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


If you’re concerned about your health, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent or manage diabetes. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing diabetes. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes, as well as some tips on what to eat and what to avoid if you’re at risk for diabetes. By following these tips, you can help keep your blood sugar levels in check and reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Signs You Have Diabetes, Say Physicians — Eat This Not That

Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes so that you can take steps to manage it and prevent serious complications. Here are some signs that you may have diabetes, according to physicians.

Frequent Urination

One of the most common signs of diabetes is frequent urination. This is because when your body is unable to properly process glucose, it will try to get rid of it through urine. If you find yourself needing to go to the bathroom more often than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes.

Increased Thirst

Another common sign of diabetes is increased thirst. This is because your body is trying to make up for the lost fluids due to frequent urination. If you find yourself drinking more water than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes.

Weight Loss

Unexplained weight loss is another sign of diabetes. This is because your body is unable to properly process glucose, so it will start to break down fat and muscle for energy. If you have lost weight without trying, it could be a sign of diabetes.

Eat This, Not That

If you think you may have diabetes, it is important to make changes to your diet. Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and processed foods can help to manage your diabetes. Eating foods that are high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can also help to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Avoiding sugary drinks and processed snacks can also help to keep your diabetes under control.

Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. and cases are at a record high. Chances are you know someone with the disease since over 37 million Americans, or 1 in 10 people have diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and describes the diabetes as “a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most people’s bodies naturally produce the hormone insulin, which helps convert sugars from the food we eat into energy that the body can use or store for later. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make insulin or doesn’t use its insulin well, causing your blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems over time. With type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. If you’re diagnosed with type 1, you’ll need to take insulin every day to survive. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes.” In spite of what many think, diabetes isn’t a childhood condition or something older people get. Anyone at any age can get it and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health, and Saint Mary’s Hospital, who explained what to know about diabetes and what the signs are that you might have the harmful health condition. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.


Dr. Curry-Winchell shares, “Diabetes can be caused by the immune system which is a network within your body that normally keeps you healthy. The immune system starts attacking the body targeting the pancreas, an (organ that produces a hormone) called insulin. Insulin is designed to help your body process or break down the sugar (glucose) you consume. When this happens, it is referred to as Type 1 diabetes and commonly associated with children, teens, and young adults.

A secondary cause of diabetes is referred to as Type 2 diabetes in which the hormone (insulin) is unable to regulate the amount of blood sugar in your body. The best way to think about it is to imagine a thermostat in your house that is normally set to a specific temperature based on the weather. The thermostat is no longer producing AC or heat.

 The best way to prevent Type 2 diabetes is to eat a well-balanced meal and participate in daily exercise. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that is new and not associated with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is caused by the body not being able to process elevated levels of blood sugar.”

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Dr. Curry-Winchell says, “Type 1 diabetes is typically found in children, adolescents, and young adults however you can develop this type at any age. There is an association with patients developing. Type 1 diabetes that had a family history of someone (i.e., parent or sibling with the disease). Type 2 diabetes is typically diagnosed in those that are overweight and not actively participating in low to moderate forms of exercise.”

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According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “It’s multifactorial and related to the options and choices people choose as snacks and daily meals. The pandemic has played a role in increasing risks of developing diabetes through stay-at-home orders, change in work distribution, and increased comfort/emotional eating.” 

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Dr. Curry-Winchell explains, “Most people with diabetes are living full lives. If your diabetes is not under control, it can affect your energy, ability to concentrate, mood, appetite and cause organ damage leading to complications that can require hospitalization. Diabetes increases your overall risks to ward off other illnesses and infections therefore it’s important to have a health care provider keep a close eye on your health status.” 

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drinking water

Dr. Curry-Winchell reveals, “Because you have increased blood sugar circulating throughout your body it places a strain on your kidneys affecting your ability to get rid of the increased sugar in your body.”

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“The increased blood sugar in the body which normally would be converted for energy is stationary which leads to fatigue due to unused glucose within the body,” says Dr. Curry-Winchell.

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Dr. Curry-Winchell states, “Extra blood sugar is harmful to your eyesight causing damage to part of your eyes needed for vision which can affect a person’s ability to focus.”  

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