Clinical manifestations of Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is one of the ancient diseases. As early as 400 B.C. our Indian physician, Susruta has described the disease as "Madhu meh", the honey urine disease.

Clinical manifestations may be due to the following two main factors:

A. Disorder of metabolism.

B. Disorder of structure and function of blood vessels.

Clinical features of diabetes mellitus:

1. Excessive urination which may be troublesome at night.

2. Excessive thirst, due to dehydration.

3. Loss of weight and weakness, due to loss of glucose in the urine and breakdown of tissue protein.

4. Itching around the external genitalia due to local infection by sugar-loving organisms.

5. Pain in the legs at night.

6. Increased appetite.

7. Failing vision.

8. Recurrent boils.

9. Loss of sexual vigour.

10. Coma.

11. Repeated abortions.

12. Angina pectoris.

13. Cardiovascular insufficiency.

14. Delayed healing of wounds.

15. Swarming of ants at urine.

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