Diabetes- An overview of its definition, symptoms and treatments

Diabetes, both types 1 and 2, affect thousands in Virginia and millions nationwide.  Diabetics suffer from too much glucose in their blood and left unchecked the disease can wreak havoc on the body.  In this article we will be looking at common symptoms of the disease along with treatments and lifestyle changes that may help diabetics better manage their disease. 

  • Symptoms- Symptoms for type 1 or type 2 diabetes include: increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing sores and frequent infections. If you suspect you have diabetes please contact your physician as soon as possible.
  • Complications- High or low blood sugars can cause a diabetic to lose consciousness, even enter a coma. This can be extremely dangerous to both the diabetic and others if the sufferer is, for example, driving a car. Long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage or blindness, foot damage, skin and mouth conditions and bone and joint problems such as osteoporosis.
  • Lifestyle changes- Making a serious commitment to monitoring and treating your diabetes can be the key to living a fairly normal life. Healthy eating and physical activity should be part of your daily routine, along with testing as recommended by your doctor. Taking care of your teeth is important in staving off an infection. Those suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes should wear a tag or bracelet that identifies you as a diabetic. This and a glucagon kit will help you get the care you need in case of a diabetic event.


The personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Tavss Fletcher hope that the information given here will help you better understand diabetes and the best ways to prevent a serious, dangerous diabetic event.