Do you have some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes; it is important to recognize these symptoms. Type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems if not managed properly.
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 30.3 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes. The report also estimated another 84.1 million U.S. adults have prediabetes.
People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood sugar levels. Doctors don’t consider them having diabetes yet. According to the CDC, people with prediabetes will often develop type 2 diabetes within five years, if they get no treatment.
The onset of type 2 diabetes can be gradual. Symptoms can be mild in the early stages. As a result, people may not realize they have this condition.
THE EARLY SIGNS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
- Increased thirst; frequent urination is necessary to remove excess sugar from the blood. Over time this can lead to dehydration and lead a person to feel more thirsty than usual.
- Hunger (especially after eating), with diabetes people, do not get enough energy from the food they eat. The digestive system breaks food down into simple sugar, called glucose. The body uses glucose as fuel. Not enough of this glucose moves from the bloodstream into the body’s cells.
- Frequently urinating, when blood sugar levels are high, the kidneys try to remove excess sugar by filtering it out of the blood. This is why people may urinate frequently, especially at night.
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling), can impact a person energy level and cause them to feel very tired. This occurs because insufficient sugar is moving through the bloodstream into the body’s cells.
- Blurry vision is caused by damage in the tiny blood vessels in the eyes, due to excess sugar in the blood. Blurry vision can occur in one or both eyes and may come and go. Going without treatment to these blood vessels can become severe.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms. Its important to get diabetes testing and start a treatment plan.
Type 2 is usually not diagnosed until health problems have already occurred. Often this chronic disease does not show symptoms. Also, it can be a gradual development. Most people don’t even know they have it.
OTHER SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES MAY INCLUDE
- Slow-healing cuts or sores, High levels of sugar can damage the body’s nerves and blood vessels, which can impair blood circulation. As a result, small cuts and wounds can take weeks or months to heal. Slow wound healing increases the risk of infection.
- Itching and yeast infections; excess sugar in the blood and urine provides food for yeast, which can lead to infection. Yeast infections occur on warm, moist areas of the skin, such as the mouth, genital areas, and armpits. These areas usually itch, but a person may experience burning, redness, and soreness.
- Patches of dark skin can form on the creases of the neck, armpit, or groin. These patches can feel very soft and velvety.
- Numbness and tingling; high blood sugar levels can affect blood circulation and damage the body’s nerves. People with type 2 diabetes, can lead to pain or a sensation of tingling or numbness in the hands and feet. This condition is known as neuropathy, and it can get worse over time. Also, it can lead to more serious complications.
To sum up, recognizing the early signs of type 2 diabetes will allow you to get a diagnosis and treatment sooner. Getting treatment, changing your lifestyle, and controlling blood sugar levels can improve a persons health and quality of life. Additionally, it can reduce the risk of complications.