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"Could someone have diabetes and not know it?"
My mother is extremely overweight and I'm worried about her. She is always complaining about minor aches and pains and gets sick quite a bit. Could she have diabetes and not know it? She is stubborn and refuses to see a doctor.
Yes, it is quite common for patients to not know that they have diabetes and find out about this only by routine doctor visits and laboratory tests. Obesity is the one of the leading causes of diabetes. Obesity is also a risk factor for various other conditions including high blood pressure, high lipid levels, metabolic problems with insulin resistance and can affect cardiovascular health. Obesity can also increase the risk of musculoskeletal issues like aches and pains, breathing problems and other nonspecific symptoms. There are various different symptoms of diabetes. Most common symptoms of this are problems with increased urination, feeling thirsty or hungry a lot, tiredness or fatigue, frequent infections, change in vision, poor wound healing and changes in sensation, tingling or numbness of the legs or hands. Patients who are over 45, having a family history of diabetes, overweight, do not exercise are at risk of developing diabetes. If you are concerned your mother has any of the above symptoms or is feeling sick very often, she should make an appointment to see a primary care physician or endocrinologist immediately. Her doctor can provide more information, take a detailed medical history, run laboratory tests to make an accurate diagnosis. Obesity and diabetes, both, have significant long term complications, and therefore, it is best for your mother to see a physician about her symptoms as soon as possible to get appropriate treatment
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