Early Signs of Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesnt produce enough insulin, which is essential for converting sugar into fuel, or the cells ignore the insulin. According to the American Diabetes Foundation, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, with millions having been diagnosed and many more unaware of it. Every year 1.6 million people over age 20 are diagnosed with diabetes. Because of this, self-diagnoses and awareness of early signs and symptoms are important in combating it.
Because the symptoms of type 2 diabetes can seem so innocent, many people do not realize the danger, and diabetes goes undiagnosed. Timely diagnosis and early treatment is essential for decreasing the chance of developing any complications from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Foundation.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be similar to type 1, including frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability. In addition, those with type 2 diabetes may display signs of blurred vision, cuts or bruises that are slow to heal, frequent infections, a tingling or numb sensation in the hands and feet, and recurring skin, gum or bladder infections. However, it is entirely possible for people with type 2 diabetes to display no symptoms, so if you or someone you love begins showing any of these symptoms, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. The American Diabetes Foundation offers an online diabetes risk test to help you find out if you are at risk for diabetes.
With over 10 percent of all women over age 20 having diabetes, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes. Early diagnosis can help not only decrease your chances of diabetes complications; it can lead to a happier, more balanced future.