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Signs of Uncontrolled Diabetes


Untreated/Uncontrolled Diabetes

Untreated diabetes also called uncontrolled diabetes, is when the control of your high blood sugar level isn’t done properly. This condition doesn’t only occur because of a patient’s decision not to manage their diabetes. It also happens when someone leaves their diabetes untreated because they were unaware and didn’t go for diagnosis.

High Blood Sugar Level

If you have diabetes and leaves the condition untreated, you may end up with high blood sugar. Visit your healthcare provider to measure your blood sugar and know the range your blood glucose falls in. If your blood sugar levels range from 70 to 130 mg/dL before you eat and below 180 mg/dl 2 hours after you eat, then it’s healthy.

Besides, high blood sugar is usually associated with several symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Increased thirst or hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Slow-healing cuts and sores
  • Skin infections

When your doctor thinks that you have diabetes or prediabetes (a sign of type 2 diabetes), they recommend particular tests to ascertain the diagnosis.

Frequent Urination

Are you experiencing increased urination (polyuria)? Another common sign of untreated diabetes is frequent urination. If you urinate up to 3 litres daily, your diagnosis will reveal that you have polyuria. Note that it is not the same with urinary frequency, which refers to the times someone pees each day. In diabetic people, polyuria is linked to excessive thirst.

When your body naturally tries to get rid of excess sugar, it leads to frequent urination. Typically, when the kidneys create urine, they reabsorb all the sugar, directing it back to the bloodstream. In diabetic cases, excess glucose enters the urine and pulls more water, hence more urine.

Excessive Thirst

Another symptom of diabetes is polydipsia, an excessive form of thirst. As s diabetic person, your kidneys work harder when filtering and absorbing the excess glucose in your blood. When your kidneys fail to keep up, the excess glucose gets excreted into your urine, bringing with it fluids from your tissues and making you dehydrated. That’s where the thirst comes from.

Blurred Vision

When diabetes is uncontrolled, high blood sugar levels can damage small blood vessels. This includes those in your eyes. Those are blood vessels that connect to the retina. Note that the retina is responsible for eyesight and with such a condition, you get blurred vision.

Additionally, excessive blood glucose can cause fluid to move in and out of your eye, causing your eye lens to swell. When there is a change in the shape of the lens, it distorts the focus of light to the retina, causing blurriness.


People with diabetes commonly suffer from fatigue, which causes the body cells to be unable to make use of the glucose your body gets through the food you eat. The result is fatigue and weakness.

Poor Wound Healing 

If you have high blood sugar, it can affect the way your white blood cells function. These are immune system cells that fight off bacteria and viruses. White blood cells that don’t function properly can neither fight off foreign threats nor heal wounds properly. 

If your diabetic condition is uncontrolled, your blood can’t circulate well, hence preventing the supply of nutrients to wounds for their healing.

Learning about the signs and symptoms of untreated diabetes and getting diagnosed and treated early on is the best way to prevent the impending life-threatening complications that usually follow.

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