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Diabetes Symptoms and Dietary Guidelines

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Diabetes Symptoms and Dietary Guidelines

As per Ayurveda, the features of diabetes (madhumeha) are the sweetness of urine, weakness, boils, gangrene and drowsiness. Diabetes is a very common disease that can not be completely cured but can be managed (controlled) if proper care is taken. There are mainly two types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. 

Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (Insulin dependent or Juvenile diabetes) – The symptoms of type 1 diabetes occur suddenly. The major symptoms of insulin dependent diabetes are excessive thirst; frequent urination; sudden weight loss, for no apparent reason; weakness, drowsiness or exhaustion; sudden vision changes or blurred vision; nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (Non-insulin dependent or Adult-onset diabetes) – The symptoms of type 2 diabetes occur gradually. The major symptoms of non-insulin dependent diabetes are any of the symptoms listed for type 1; tingling or numbness in hands or feet; itching of the skin and genitals; recurring of hard-to-heal skin, gum or urinary tract infections.

Risk factors for Diabetes

People at high risk include the following –

1. Heredity factors – Diabetes appears to have an inherited genetic tendency.
2. People over forty years – Type 2 diabetes is most common in middle and old age.
3. Overweight – The chance of developing type 2 diabetes doubles with every 20% excess weight. It is believed that excess body fat prevents insulin from working properly.

Dietary Guidelines for Diabetes

1. Sour fruits like tomatoes, jamun, oranges, pineapple and makoy are beneficial.
2. Curd made from cow’s milk is highly recommended in diabetes.
3. Do not take cereals, sugar and sugar preparations.
4. Take diet with a relatively low proportion of carbohydrates.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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When a person has diabetes, they should limit the amount of sweets being eaten, healthy carbohydrates should be a part of the diet, and alcohol intake should be limited. Eat several small meals a day and avoid skipping meals as a diabetic with advice from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes diets.

Help answer the question about diabetic symptoms

Am I diabetic, are these early symptoms, or just a blood sugar issue?
When I get up in the morning I usually start my day with a strong cup of coffee, then breakfast an hour later so. I have been noticing that after my coffee and before I eat, I get very shaky and often feel like I'm going to pass-out. After I eat something, this feeling usually goes away. Is this a symptom of being diabetic, or just low blood sugar? I often feel very nervous and light headed during these episodes. Any pointers as to what to look for?

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The first obvious symptoms are a sudden weight loss or gain, accompanied by excessive drinking and urination
the next symptom is vision problems and cataracts,
watch for noticeable thinning of the skin and apparent fragility: these are also serious and indicate that the animal is metabolizing (breaking down) its own body fat and muscle to survive. Dehydration is also common by this point and death can follow quickly.

the losing of the weight is not a good sign and can mean other things also. The best thing to do is go to the vet.


Diabetic symptoms include excess urination, frequent thirst, extreme hunger, changed vision, weakness in the arms and legs and sleeping more than normal. These are some of the major symptoms. However, in type 2 diabetics symptoms are not always visible. Most of the type 2 diabetics doesn't experience any symptoms. Fasting glucose test doesn't always detect diabetes. For some people fasting glucose test reads normal but the oral glucose tolerance test indicates that they are diabetic. It's always better to perform oral glucose tolerance test, it would detect pre-diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance apart from confirming diabetes.

It is really a shame that majority of the physicians and the hospitals in the United States doesn't perform oral glucose tolerance test. Doctors still doesn't have good understanding of diabetes. Insurance companies doesn't provide glucose testing meter until the individual is diagnosed with diabetes. There is no means for an individual to check either for pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance or for that matter even diabetes. Fight against diabetes could never be won in this life time, with the existing broken system in place..


Stiff neck could be meningitis (esp if you are in college) or a pulled muscle or torticollis or something else??.


well I have been Type I Diabetic for almost 30 years and the main symptoms are excessive thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, any cuts that dont heal promptly, blurred vision, should actually have weight loss, ( as ur body doesnt use glucose efffectively and burns excess fat as fuel),…….on the swollen ankles,..not sure but that sounds like "edema" to me…..but u may wanna call and see if u can get in to ur DR. sooner……good luck with everything,..let me know what happens,



My kitty is diabetic also. Same deal drinkin lots of water, frequent urination, peeing in places other than the box, loss of weight etc… There is a feline diabetes web site called they are really wonderful there if you have any questions. My girl is now regulated with food and off of insulin. hope this helps you & everything you will need to know is there along with a community of diabetic cat owners. They nickname a diabetic cat a "sugar cat"


. Here are the most common symptoms.

–Frequent urination (causing the kidneys to work harder) due to excessive urine
–Excessive thirst
–Tired and weak-flu like symptoms-causing maybe a slow down in activity levels
–Hunger and increased appetite-causing weight gain
–Weight loss in spite of eating more or weight gain fluctuations

Less common are
–Tiredness-just a general lack of energy from the food not being metabolized
–Dry skin
–Dry mouth-causing thirst
–Head aches and pains
–Blurred vision
–Yeast infections
–Difficulty in healing sores frequent infections
–Nerve damage-numbness in extremities


Low blood sugar coupled with caffeine can give you those symptoms. Try either eating with your coffee or eating first and your coffee later. See if that makes the symptoms go away. If you can check your blood sugar when it happens you will know if it is low blood sugar, below 70.


I've never read where shakiness is one of the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis. I have, however, experienced shakiness when my glucose is high as well as when it's low. I've never been high enough for long enough to experience DKA. So I can't tell you from experience. Here's one of the more comprehensive sites:


It is not a good idea assume that you have a disease condition depending on some symptoms. Consult your doctor and have some blood work done.

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