Diabetes symptoms: Red flag sign of silent killer disease you notice when going to bed

Diabetes is a serious and usually lifelong condition that causes your blood sugar levels to become too high. Although it is not known exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is typically linked to lifestyle factors.

These can include being overweight and not exercising enough. However, it can also run in families.

Globally, type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1, accounting for around 90 percent of cases. It is also becoming increasingly common in the UK, affecting around four million people.

While there is currently no cure for diabetes, there are treatments available that can make the condition manageable. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the potential symptoms.

According to one expert, one of the warning signs can appear at night. Abbas Kanani, pharmacist at Chemist Click, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to explain more.

He revealed that waking up a lot at night to go to the toilet could mean you have diabetes.

Abbas explained: “Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

“There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes which is a lifelong condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin and type 2 where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin properly.”

This can then cause more frequent urination.

“High blood glucose levels can cause the body to excrete excess glucose via the urine,” he said.

“When this happens, more sugar appears in the urine and simulates extra volumes of urine to be produced, known as nocturnal urination.”

If you spot this sign you should speak to your GP. Abbas shared some other symptoms to be aware of.

“People with diabetes may feel very thirsty even after drinking a lot and feel fatigue,” he continued.

“They may also notice weight loss and loss of muscle bulk, blurred vision and itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush.

“You should see a GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes or if you’re worried you may have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.”

Certain people are more at risk of diabetes.

“Being over 40, having a close relative with diabetes and if you are overweight or obese,” Abbas said.

“People of Asian, African-Caribbean or black African origin, even if you were born in the UK, are also at higher risk mainly attributed to family history, and social and environmental factors.

“But it is still not clear why people from certain ethnic backgrounds have an increased risk.

“People from South Asian backgrounds are more likely to experience insulin resistance at a younger age.

“This could be linked to how fat is stored in the body and particularly around the middle.”

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