Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes


The symptoms of type 2 diabetes sometimes do not appear for years, but we will not allow this sneaky disease to fool us. Why? Because while we are living our life merrily along, the high blood glucose could be creating havoc inside the body. And we do not want this because the complications may set in before we find out we have diabetes.

In this condition, the pancreas can still produce insulin but the body has become resistant to it. It keeps working but eventually, it cannot keep up with the demand to the point that the disease shows itself at the door. The trouble is it is often asymptomatic, meaning the symptoms of type 2 diabetes do not appear sometimes for as long as twelve years.

This particular state is also called NIDDM, the acronym for Non-Insulin-Dependent-Diabetes Mellitus because it does not usually need insulin to control this illness. It can be treated with hypoglycemic medication that is taken orally.

By 1996, there are about sixteen million having this condition with half of them unaware that they have it. The reason behind this is the unpredictability of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and the seriousness of the clinical track of those afflicted by it.

This is different from type 1 in many aspects. For one thing the start of this syndrome is frequently insidious rather than abrupt. It is also more common after age 40 with the peak occurring at age 60-65. Recently, however, this is also occurring in younger people especially those who are overweight.

When the symptoms of type 2 diabetes do appear because of the high glucose level, they are varied but two classic indicators stand out. They are feeling very thirsty and a need to urinate often. But remember that there are usually no early signs. Here are the indicators in a nutshell:

  • Increased urination- The high glucose level overwhelms the kidney's filter system so it's excreted as urine with the fluids from the tissues.
  • Feeling very thirsty- The increased urination makes one feel dehydrated so to replace all that fluid, one has to drink almost constantly.
  • Flu-like symptoms like weakness and fatigue
  • Weight gain- The condition often develops after a short period of weight gain.
  • Blurry vision- Extra glucose in the blood gets the fluid out of the lenses of the eyes making them thin and not able to focus.
  • Frequent infections and slow-healing cuts or sores- The high glucose level prevents the body's ability to heal naturally and to fight infections.
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet- The extra glucose in the blood damages the nerves and produce a feeling of tingling and loss of sensation.
  • Red and swollen gums- Diabetes may make the mouth lose its ability to fight germs therefore increasing the risk of infection.

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When the indicators do appear, there is no need to be fearful, confused and angry for with modern advancement and knowledge on treatment, we will have all the help we can get. I hope though you will not wait till the symptoms of type 2 diabetes will appear before getting tested. Here are the risks:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Age
  • Race- Black American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander and Alaska Native are about one and a half more times more likely to develop the condition.

It cannot be emphasized enough that with this condition, changing the lifestyle by moving more and eating less, one may be able to delay the commencement of this disease and perhaps even prevent the complications. Following the simple rules in this website will do the trick in dispelling the false myths and horror stories.

We can lay the misinformation on the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and the like along with the scary tales to rest and in place of them get a newer and better outlook on life. And a brighter future instead. Just read a page of this website for fifteen minutes a day to encourage you on the road to good health.

These are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and the risks are mentioned too so that people who have these factors that increase the likelihood to develop this condition will get tested and have the chance to lay out the strategies to beat this condition. Please help spread this information so that we can reverse the trend of the rise of statistics on diabetes.

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