The symptom of diabetes is visible “with the naked eye”. It is often underestimated

Excessive thirst, increased urge to urinate, and frequent waking up at night are the best known symptoms of diabetes. However, not everyone knows that diabetes also affects the eye. What’s more – failure to react properly can even lead to blindness.

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1. What is diabetes?

It is a complex metabolic disease that is associated with elevated glucose levels in blood. Glucose, which we supply to the body in the form of consumed carbohydrates, is converted into energy. Several processes and several hormones are responsible for regulating sugar in the body – including insulin, which regulates blood glucose levels.

Therefore, sugar supplied to a healthy organism serves as the main source of energy. But in the course of diabetes, glucose remains in the bloodstream and does not reach the cells.

Disruption of the processes related to sugar management in the body can lead to disorders that are dangerous to health and even life. They concern, inter alia, nervous system, can threaten stroke, heart attack.

But diabetes also affects the eyesight.

2. Diabetes mellitus – influence on the organ of sight

High blood sugar can damage you blood vessels in the retina of the eye, impair blood flow, cause swelling and hypoxia of the eye tissues responsible for vision.

High blood sugar levels can damage eyesight irreversibly

High blood sugar levels can damage eyesight irreversibly (Pixabay)

As a result, one of the symptoms of diabetes may be blurred vision.

But that’s not all – untreated diabetes can lead to complications in the form of eye diseases – diabetic retinopathy, and even glaucoma or cataracts. Importantly, these diseases can even lead to complete blindness.

What are the most common eye-related symptoms of diabetes?

  • blurred or distorted vision
  • dark spots in the field of view – the so-called dregs,
  • flashes of light and visual field defects,
  • pain and watery eyes,
  • seeing halos around objects.

Experts emphasize that early response to these ailments is not only a guarantee of timely treatment of diabetes. It is also a chance to save your eyesight from irreversible changes.

Solution? Doctors recommend control by an ophthalmologist once a year or immediately contact a specialist whenever disturbing vision problems arise.

3. Three simple ways to lower your sugar level

High blood glucose is a risk, but there are three simple ways to reduce it:

  • stress, especially permanent, causes the secretion of the so-called the stress hormone cortisol. It plays a significant role in managing glucose in the body. Therefore, taking care of the elimination of excess stress from life is important in the prevention of diabetes.
  • dream – poor sleep hygiene also translates into increased blood cortisol levels. Uninterrupted sleep (7-8 hours) has a positive effect on lowering cortisol levels, and thus – on the proper blood sugar level.
  • irrigation – drinking enough water during the day is also important in the context of diabetes. It helps the kidneys to remove excess sugar from the body and thus regulates the level of glucose in the bloodstream.

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