Type 2 diabetes is an insidious disease but if you know what symptoms to watch for, you may be able to catch it in the prediabetes stage or in the early stages of full-blown diabetes when it is easier to reverse. Warning signs to watch for include…
Do you make frequent trips to the bathroom? If you’re urinating more frequently, it means there’s an abundance of sugar in your blood. If your body can’t supply any, or enough insulin to allow sugar to enter your cells, your kidneys become overwhelmed by a serious sugar bath and they pull water out of your blood in an attempt to dilute the sugar. Your kidneys then continuously draw extra water out of your blood in an effort to dilute the high amount of sugar coming through. All the water fills your bladder, then you urinate. Then you become thirsty again, rehydrate, and the cycle continues.
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If you are drinking extra water and feel continually thirsty, this is another indicator of high blood sugar. See your doctor if this occurs.
If you feel fatigued and run down, it’s due to the cells not reacting to insulin or insulin not being available. When the glucose from your meals cannot enter your cells to make energy, you constantly feel tired.
If you are losing weight without trying, it could be because your cells are ignoring insulin which can no longer move sugar into the cells. You lose weight without trying even if you eat all day, because you lose muscle mass. Your body breaks down muscle cells in order to get energy. And without a constant source of glucose in your cells, your muscle tissue shrinks.
Diabetic neuropathy is where you feel numbness and/or tingling in your extremities. It is associated with blood sugar levels staying high for long periods of time.
Eye problems can also occur. You may notice pain or blurry vision due to your high blood sugar pulling fluid from the lenses of your eyes. This can affect your ability to focus.
You could behave abnormally and appear to be drunk. This can come about due to high or low blood sugar. You may not even be aware you’re behaving differently to normal so it’s up to people around you to take action to help you, even if it means getting you to a hospital.
Some people with Type 2 diabetes have patches of dark skin in folds and creases of their bodies… often in the armpit, neck, knuckles and groin. It looks similar to dirt, but you can’t wash it off.
Bladder and vaginal infections can be a problem for women with diabetes. Skin infections and wounds are slow to heal in prediabetics and Type 2 diabetics.
Many people get a surprise when their doctor gives them a diagnosis of prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. If people pay attention to their bodies, however, they wouldn’t be surprised. Type 2 diabetes develops slowly and announces itself in all kinds of ways.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience.
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