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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Three skin conditions indicative of high blood sugar

The global diabetes community draw attention to necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) – a skin condition whereby lesions develop on the lower parts of the legs. Described as “shiny” and “red-brown” in colour, the patches can be between 1-2mm in size. As time goes on, these small patches can grow bigger and bigger, becoming progressively yellow in colouring. Interestingly, the presence of NLD preceded the onset of diabetes in 15 percent of patients involved in a research study conducted by MH Lowitt and JS Dover.

The American Diabetes Association added that some people with high blood sugar might experience diabetic dermopathy.

This skin condition looks like “light brown, scaly patches” that are oval or circular in shape.

Easily mistaken as age spots, patches of diabetic dermopathy typically occur on the shins.

Medical News Today pointed out that the marks may come and go, but tend to appear on both shins at the same time, usually measuring up to 2.5cm or less.

How to lower high blood sugar levels

The NHS recommend exercising more often to help lower blood sugar levels.

This might involve going for a brisk 30-minute walk daily, which can be extremely helpful in preventing further health complications.

The national health body also advise to “drink plenty of sugar-free fluids”, such as water.

You also need to be mindful of what you eat, avoiding foods that can cause blood sugar levels to spike, such as cakes.

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Cancer symptoms: Five sensations in your body that may be indicative of a growing tumour

However, this also means that fifty percent of gastric cancer cases are diagnosed in people under the age of 75. Would you recognise the bodily sensations that are indicating you need to visit your doctor? One of the “most common” sensations of gastric cancer is dysphagia, which is when you find it difficult or uncomfortable to swallow. For example, there can be a burning sensation each time you swallow, or it could feel painful.

Symptoms of indigestion (i.e. dyspepsia)

The NHS pointed out that the following symptoms appear after eating or drinking:

  • Heartburn – a painful burning feeling in the chest, often after eating
  • Feeling full and bloated
  • Feeling sick
  • Belching and farting
  • Bringing up food or bitter-tasting fluids into your mouth.

Most people will experience indigestion at some point; it usually goes away on its own, or antacids – medication from the pharmacy – can help.

The key is whether indigestion persists for 21 days or longer – if so, do book a doctor’s appointment.

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If you have a growing tumour in the stomach, you may feel really full after eating only a small amount of food.

“This is often an early symptom and can cause weight loss,” said Cancer Research UK.

Gastric cancer may also lead to a feeling of nausea, and some people may physically be sick.

This can occur when a growing tumour causes a blockage in the stomach, preventing food from passing through the digestive system.

A long-term H.pylori infection can lead to stomach inflammation and stomach ulcers.

The Mayo Clinic highlighted the warning signs of a H.pylori infection, which can be confirmed by undergoing blood, stool, and breath tests.

Signs of a H.pylori infection:

  • An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
  • Abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent burping
  • Bloating
  • Unintentional weight loss.

Cancer Research UK added that this type of infection can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

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Dementia symptoms: Five warning signs indicative of alcohol-related brain deterioration

“This is because alcohol damages the part of the brain that controls balance, co-ordination and posture,” the charity explained.

The brain condition can also influence a person’s mood, causing apathy, depression, or irritability.

A diagnosis involves an appointment with the GP, paper-based tests, and a brain scan.

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Cancer symptoms: Toilet troubles that are indicative of a growing tumour in the bladder

Most cases of bladder cancer appear to be caused by exposure to harmful substances, the NHS verified; in particular, tobacco smoke is the reason behind one in three cases of the disease. Around 10,200 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year in the UK, reported Cancer Research UK. The bladder acts like an inflatable balloon that stores up to 400ml of urine.

Made up of muscle tissue, this stretchy bag releases urine into the urethra for waste products to exit the body.

Understandably, a tumour growing in the stretchy and muscular bag, known as the bladder, may cause urinary issues.

When on the toilet, the charity warns both sexes – men and women – about seeing blood in their urine.

Around 80 percent of bladder cancer causes some blood in the urine, so it’s a key warning sign.

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Also take note if you feel a sense of urgency when you need to visit the loo, as this too can be a sign of cancer.

Pain or a burning sensation when passing urine could also be a telling sign.

Aside from toilet troubles, other indications of bladder cancer include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in your back, lower tummy or bones
  • Feeling tired and unwell

It is possible for these symptoms to be caused by other health conditions, such as a urine infection.

In some cases, you GP might request a urine sample so that it can be tested for traces of blood, bacteria, or abnormal cells.

The NHS added: “If your doctor suspects bladder cancer, you’ll be referred to a hospital for further tests.”

Risk factors for bladder cancer include:

  • Tobacco smoking
  • Working in manufacturing jobs, such as plastics
  • Diabetes
  • Repeated UTIs
  • Long-term bladder stones

If bladder cancer spreads through the lymphatic system then the cancer becomes more dangerous.

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Dementia symptoms: Seven ‘memory lapses’ indicative of early stage Alzheimer’s

Seven “memory lapses”

  1. Forget about recent conversations or events
  2. Misplace items
  3. Forget the names of places and objects
  4. Have trouble thinking of the right word
  5. Ask questions repetitively
  6. Show poor judgement or find it harder to make decisions
  7. Become less flexible and more hesitant to try new things

“There are often signs of mood changes, such as increasing anxiety or agitation, or periods of confusion,” added the NHS.

How can I prevent Alzheimer’s?

“A healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk,” the NHS stated.

This involves taking steps to protect your cardiovascular health, such as “keeping alcohol to a minimum”.

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Cancer symptoms: One sensation on the toilet that may be indicative of a growing tumour

One particular sign of bowel cancer involves a certain sensation on the loo. The next time you go for a number two, if you feel the need to strain – after you’ve been – it could be a symptom of the condition. Feeling as though you haven’t fully emptied your bowels, even after going, is one sign of bowel cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. It could be that the growing tumour is causing this straining feeling on the toilet.

Who is more at risk of bowel cancer?

Eating processed and red meats have been shown to increase the risk of bowel cancer.

Processed meat:

  • Bacon
  • Salami
  • Sausages
  • Chicken nuggets

“It might help to swap red meat for chicken or fish. Or use beans and pulses in meals instead of meat,” advised Cancer Research UK.

Moreover, a diet lacking fibre can be even more risky than eating processed and red meat.

Alcohol consumption, older age (especially over the age of 75), and a previous bowel cancer increases the risk.

Family history of the disease can also increase your risk of bowel cancer.

Scientists are currently researching why diabetes has been seen to increase the risk of the disease.

Furthermore, benign polys in the bowel, gallstones, and an infection called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) makes bowel cancer more likely.

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Dementia symptoms: Three behaviours indicative of early stage Alzheimer's

Known as amyloid and tau proteins, the NHS added that there’s also a decrease in the chemical messengers (i.e. neurotransmitters) in the brain.

“Levels of one neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, are particularly low in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease,” the NHS stated.

Risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s include increasing age, with people doubling their risk of the disease every five years after the age of 65.

Genetics also seem to play a part in the development of the condition, albeit the risk is increased only marginally due to this factor.

Research is currently ongoing as to whether severe head injuries can lead to the condition.

Several lifestyle factors and conditions have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

The latest data also suggests that other factors could play an important role in the development of Alzheimer’s.

For instance, hearing loss, social isolation, and a sedentary lifestyle could all be contributing factors.

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