Diabetes is a chronic health condition that is the result of the body’s inability to use the insulin it needs to produce energy. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. When there is an overabundance of insulin in the blood, it can cause hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels. The effects of diabetes on the body vary based upon the particular type of diabetes:
- There are three general symptoms of diabetes. These are usually not specific to a single disease, but rather reflect a higher risk of developing those diseases. The first is excessive thirst, urination, and kidney failure. Generally, if you see yourself suffering from these symptoms and they are present along with two or more other symptoms, then chances are that you have type 2 diabetes and warrants treatment.
- The second is usually referred to as pregnancy-induced diabetes, which is a higher risk factor for pregnancy-related complications. Pregnancy is known to increase insulin production, and in some women, a condition called gestational diabetes develops out of this excess insulin. In gestational diabetes, pregnant women experience frequent urination, excessive thirst, and dehydration which can all be signs of a developing problem.
- The third general symptom of diabetes is an irregular menstrual cycle. This symptom is usually seen in women who are experiencing diabetes. A regular menstrual cycle should happen regularly, and it should occur without the woman being sick. If there is a delay in the onset of period or pregnancy-related period complications such as ectopic pregnancy, premature delivery, and possible miscarriage develop. The increased thirst and urination, which are common to those suffering from diabetes, are also possible signs of pregnancy.
- The fourth risk factor, which is commonly associated with pregnancy complications and developing type 2 diabetes, is increased hunger. This symptom of pregnancy can affect a pregnant woman’s weight gain because gaining weight during pregnancy can make it easier for a pregnant woman to gain weight after giving birth. A pregnant woman who experiences prolonged hyperglycemia or excessive thirst can develop the risk of developing type 2 diabetes because once glucose levels drop even lower in a diabetic; he/she can experience insulin resistance.
- The last risk factor which is associated with pregnancy complications and developing gestational diabetes is a poor exercise routine. Regular physical activity is a necessary part of every pregnancy, and physical activity helps to keep blood sugar levels regular. But if the mother has a history of gestational diabetes before pregnancy, regular physical activity can be difficult or impossible.