Having a second name as the “silent killer” does not come from just like that; type 2 diabetes symptoms are hard to notice but they are causing really serious health problems. It has been reported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), that 2 out of 5 Americans are expected to have type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, and 425 million adults were living with it!
Not only adults are concerned with this, but the statistics also show 1.25 million children have type 1 diabetes, so parents should keep an eye on their children, watch their sleeping and eating habits and do their best to diagnose their kids and take action in early type 1 diabetes stages!
Our bodies react in a way that we can notice and take action before it is too late! The best way to tell if you have type 2 diabetes is to take blood sugar tests, as some symptoms may not show or can be hard to tell! On the other hand, people over 35 should undergo an initial diabetes test because the risk of getting the disease increases with age.
Here are the Top 10 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore:
Some symptoms if ignored might cause blindness or nerve damage…
1. Weight Loss
When the insulin hormone in your body does not get enough glucose to turn into energy, it thinks that you need to have more food to get energy and that results in breaking down protein from your muscles which later results in shrinking of muscles, then you lose weight!
If you noticed that you lost 10 or 20 pounds in two to three months you may have diabetes so you need to visit your doctor!
2. Increased urination, excessive thirst
Increased urination means that the kidney is doing extra work trying to get rid of the glucose you have in the blood, using fluids to do so. So this results in waking up several times in the night to urinate!
Excessive thirst means that your body needs to replenish the fluids used in getting rid of the glucose! This results in excessive thirst feeling several times throughout the day!
When the level of sugar decreases in your blood, your body thinks that it needs to be fed. The glucose cells that did not function are ignored and more sugar is added which increases the sugar level in your blood based on that false alarm!
4. Skin Problems
Itchy Skin, Skin drought or darkening of the skin around the neck or armpit area, can all be signs of diabetes. Dr. Collazo-Clavell says. “People who have this already have an insulin resistance process occurring even though their blood sugar might not be high. When I see this, I want to check their blood sugar.”
5. Slow Healing
Cuts that dont heal as normal as they should are one the most common signs of diabetes. This comes as a result of the high level of glucose that is circulating in the blood through veins, this prevents blood from reaching areas of the body that need healing!
6. Yeast Infections
Fungi and bacteria can both develop in a high sugar level environment. According to Dr. Collazo-Clavell; One should watch out for candida infections and the most common ones are fungal and yeast infections. Also, there is a high chance that women can experience vaginal infection as a result of diabetes!
7. Fatigue and Irritability
It is normal for a person who wakes up several times during the night to urinate also the extra effort that the body is dealing with makes one always feels tired! Dr. Collazo-Clavell says that this is one of the few reasons people visit her and then after tests, they discover they have diabetes problems!
8. Blurry Vision
Distorted vision and occasional flashes can be a diabetes symptom and that comes as a result of the high level of glucose in the blood that changes the shape of the lens! Dr. Collazo-Clavell explains; If this symptom is ignored for a long time and diabetes is the number one factor behind it, it can cause serious vision problems or even blindness!
9. Tingling or numbness
If sugar level was not controlled as quickly as possible it can cause tingling, numbness, burning pain and swelling! This means that the nerves were damaged by diabetes! If blood runs through the body for a long time with a high level of sugar, nerve damage can be permanent!
10. Blood Tests
You should take more than one test to diagnose diabetes in the right way! You will discuss this more with your doctor but its always a good thing to educate yourself!
If you have 126 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) in the fasting plasma glucose test it means you have diabetes!
The normal is 99 mg/dL but 100 to 125 mg/dL means you are diagnosed with prediabetes and should rethink your habits; movement and nutrition!
A blood test is the only way to know if you really have diabetes or not, so do not hesitate to visit your doctor and take tests as soon as possible!