Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms Sometimes Don't Appear
Why This is Scary
Type 2 diabetes symptoms often do not appear early in the game. Sometimes when the blood glucose level rises, some signs that patients with type 1 get appear, like excessive thirst and urination and fatigue and weight loss. But the rise is often slow yet disturbing and may not cause any signs at all.
That is why approximately 1/3 of the people who have the conditions do not know they have it as the warning signs do not appear for as long as twelve years. This is not acceptable as we lose the early years to set up the ways and means to combat this condition.
When the type 2 diabetes symptoms do appear due to the high blood glucose levels, they differ from person to person. However, there are two classic signs. These are excessive thirst and the need for frequent urination. Of course these two go hand in hand.
Here are the type 2 diabetes symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Infections that appear often and are slow to heal
- Gum disease
- Weight Gain
- Numbness or tingling in feet and hands
- Excessive fatigue and drowsiness and other flu-like symptoms
- Constant hunger
- Weight loss that cannot be explained
- Persistent bladder and vaginal infections
Let's explain some of these one at a time:
Blurry vision happens when the extra blood sugar extracts the fluid out of the eyes' lenses. This will affect the ability to focus. What will help restore this fluid is to lower the blood glucose level. The vision will appear blurry for awhile until it has adjusted to the restored fluid. Don't worry when this happens for in time, the vision usually gets better.
The high blood glucose level can also form small blood vessels in the eyes. And this can bleed causing the following to appear: flashing lights, dark spots, and rings around lights. I don't want to alarm you but this can lead to blindness. Sorry to be blunt, but I really want to motivate you into seeing an eye specialist regularly to prevent this from happening.
Numbness or tingling in feet and hands occurs when excessive blood glucose damage the nerves. The loss of sensation usually takes place in the extremities like the hands and feet. This is caused by the damage of the sensory nerves. Pain in the extremities will be felt including burning pain.
Gum disease can develop when the high blood glucose level makes the mouth's ability to fight germs weak. This will raise the chance of developing inflamed gums and infection in this area that holds the teeth in place. The sugar can also get into the saliva that can cause cavities in the teeth.
Other signs of the presence of gum disease are:
- Permanent teeth are becoming wobbly
- Appearance of sores and pus in the gums
- Gums are pulling away from teeth showing their bottom part and even the root
- Alteration in the dentures fitting
So those are some of the type 2 diabetes symptoms. Hopefully, this will spur us into doing the right thing. And what is that? To get screened for the condition if at high risk instead of getting the surprise of our lives when finally we are diagnosed is one thing to do. The other is to work consistently at lowering the blood glucose level.
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