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Everyone thinks that diabetes is a disease where the patient excretes a lot of sugar, is very thin and is inordinately thirsty. But there are many people who probably have diabetes and won't know they have it until a severe symptom arises. However, there are some minor warning symptoms to look out for.

Diabetes tends to be hereditary. If you have a diabetic parent, brother, sister or even aunt, there is an increased risk of the disease. But people often don't realise that although it often causes youngsters to lose weight, later on in life there may be a filling out of the waistline. And on the subject of weight, overeating can also trigger off diabetes.

If a woman who unexpectedly has one or two failed pregnancies, it will need to be investigated in several ways, but the possibility of her being a diabetic must be reckoned with. Similarly, a mother who produces a really large child, for example, over four and a half kilos, needs to consider this possibility. Another way the diagnosis can arise is when a patient goes for a life assurance medical examination and is rejected when they believed they were fit and healthy. If this happens, the patient needs to go and see their own doctor and take a specimen of urine with them.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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