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When dizziness could be an early sign of Type 2 diabetes

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Symptoms of type-2 diabetes appear slowly, so it becomes important to know the early signs of the condition to minimize your risk of developing type 2 diabetes at the initial stages.

According to experts, dizziness or a dizzy spell isn’t a problem you should ignore. It affects people differently, sometimes can make you feel like you are spinning, light-headed, imbalanced, woozy, or it can cause a floating or rocking sensation.

It’s common to feel light-headed when you stand too quickly from lying down or sitting, and after exercise.

It is known as orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension – a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down.

But according to exercise physiologist Michael Crawford, common endocrine disorders like diabetes can also cause dizziness.

The Global Diabetes Community also admits that dizziness or dizzy spells are a common early sign of type 2 diabetes.

Feeling unsteady and unbalanced could be due to low blood pressure, as the heart struggles to sufficiently pump blood to the brain.

This tends to occur when you suddenly stand up from a sitting or lying position.

As the blood momentarily fails to reach the brain, a spinning sensation, unsteadiness or even fainting can occur

says the Global Diabetes Community.

Another cause of dizzy spells (when you have type 2 diabetes) is hyperglycaemia.

Hyperglycaemia means there’s too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream, which can lead to polyuria.

Polyuria is the frequent urge to urinate, as the body aggressively tries to remove excess sugar from the body.

In turn, this can then lead to dehydration as too much fluid is flushed out from the body.

Low levels of water in the body may make it difficult for the brain to function correctly, which is why a person can become lightheaded.

“If you are suffering from bouts of dizziness that are recurrent or persistent you should go and see a doctor,” advised the Global Diabetes Community.

“In general, orthostatic hypotension can range from a few seconds to several minutes, but if it happens frequently it can be a flag for more serious medical conditions,” Crawford emphasizes.

“See your doctor if you feel light-headed when standing up on a regular basis.”

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