A diabetes specialist has outlined a surprising symptom that could point to the blood sugar condition.
While telltale signs, including increased thirst and needing to use the toilet more frequently, can be quite general, this red flag is very obvious as it makes you feel unwell.
She explained that this abdominal discomfort could be a sign of gastroparesis, a long-term complication of diabetes which can be triggered by fluctuating blood sugars.
Gastroparesis refers to delayed gastric emptying, which means the food you eat just sits in your stomach and doesn’t digest properly, causing the uncomfortable symptoms.
Speaking in the video, the expert said: “Maybe you start eating and right away, you start to feel full.
“You feel like there’s some air in your stomach or you feel very uncomfortable. The pain just comes and goes.
“In other words, you always have this GI [gastrointestinal] discomfort and it’s especially related to food. You can be experiencing what we call gastroparesis.”
Fortunately, there are certain dietary tweaks that could help alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
The endocrine specialist said: “Try to have smaller, more frequent meals, maybe try to have about four to five smaller meals instead of two to three bigger meals.
“Avoid fatty foods, fried foods, cheese – those will only irritate [your stomach] and make it much more difficult. You can add more fibre into your diet – this will include things like fruits and vegetables.
“You want to avoid fizzy drinks like sodas or carbonated drinks because they can actually form more gas and they can make you feel more bloated as well. If you’re a smoker or a drinker, you definitely want to limit alcohol intake and you want to quit smoking.”
If you have an established diagnosis of diabetes, the expert recommended keeping your blood sugar levels under very tight control.
While gastroparesis could be caused by the blood sugar condition, there are some key diabetes symptoms worth knowing, including:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Peeing more frequently than usual (especially at night)
- Feeling very tired
- Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
- Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
- Blurred vision.