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How often should I be checked for it? More . . QXP 10/7/09 10:52 AM Page 26 1 0 0 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T D I A B E T E S 21. What are the most common symptoms of diabetes? Asymptomatic Having no complaints or symptoms. 26 The common and early symptoms of diabetes result from the effect of the high blood sugar entering the urine and drawing fluid from the body’s tissues along with it. This leads to excess urine production with frequent urination. The loss of body fluid leads to thirst, in order to replace the fluid loss.
Sometimes this is worsened by medications commonly used by people with diabetes, such as certain blood pressure-lowering drugs. 37. I feel as if my memory has gotten worse since I developed diabetes. Could I be right? You may well be right. Studies have shown that memory, and other higher brain functions, can be negatively affected by diabetes. This pertains to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to both adults and children. A large part of this effect is related to blood sugar control. QXP 10/1/09 1 0 0 9:09 AM Page 46 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T D I A B E T E S sugar have been shown to have poor long-term memory performance.
Even short periods of high glucose, such as may occur after meals in people with diabetes and even prediabetes, can cause problems with the function of blood vessels, making them more sticky, inflamed, and less able to relax. Whether these repeated briefer periods of high blood sugar combine over time to cause permanent vascular damage is not known. However, it is known that the risk of vascular disease is already high in people with prediabetes. 36. Can my diabetes affect my sex life? If so, how and what can I do about it?