One of the scariest things about diabetes is that it can really sneak up on you — especially if you’re living the trucking lifestyle.
25% of people who are diabetic do not know that they have the disease, which is a terrifying statistic for any truck driver responsible for transporting thousands of pounds of freight safely down the highway. There are, however, some subtle symptoms that can clue you into the fact that you might be developing diabetes. Paying attention to these symptoms could help save your own life — and the lives of others on the road.
Silent Symptoms Of Pre-Diabetes
You’re losing weight — without trying. If you’ve noticed a drop in your weight but you haven’t increased your activity or changed your eating patterns, be on the alert. Unexplained weight loss can be attributed to the onset of diabetes.
You have to pee so much that it affects your sleep. It’s totally normal to wake up once or twice to use the restroom, but if you find yourself going more often, this might mean you’re becoming diabetic.
You feel depressed. Out of whack blood sugar levels make you feel crummy overall — and this includes your mood.
Your vision isn’t what is used to be. Vision does deteriorate with age, but if you notice a dramatic change in the way you see, talk to a doctor. Pre-diabetes causes glucose to build up in your eye and change its shape. But if you get treated, don’t worry about going blind. This condition goes away in a few weeks after your blood sugar levels stabilizes.
You notice weird changes in your skin. People who are developing diabetes are often dehydrated, which leads to itchiness. Insulin changes can also cause darkening of the skin in your armpits, neck, and groin areas.
You come down with a case of jock itch. The yeast bacteria that cause jock itch feed on glucose, so if your sugar levels are high, you’re more susceptible to coming down with this condition.
If you suspect that you may be developing diabetes, talk to your doctor. Lifestyle changes can also keep you from developing diabetes. In a study, participants who lost 10% of their body weight over a 6 month period reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 85%.