What are the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association defines type 2 diabetes is a condition in your body that causes the glucose level (or blood sugar level) to rise above normal. Most everything we eat contains sugar, even healthy foods. There are some exceptions but we will get into that later. When we eat, sugar from our food attaches to the blood cells. Initially your pancreas creates insulin to breakdown the sugar in your blood. In people with type 2 diabetes the pancreas slows down and your glucose level goes up because your pancreas cannot keep up with the demand of insulin.

When this happens, sugar stays attached to your blood cells and, if not treated, can cause damage to your body. Since sugar cannot be broken down in the blood stream and turned to energy, the cells are starved for energy. people with diabetes tend to feel tired and unmotivated. Over time, if untreated, it can cause issues with your eyes including blindness. It can hurt your kidneys, nerves, and heart.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include frequent urination, feeling very thirsty, hunger (even after you have eaten), very tired or unmotivated, blurry vision, cuts or bruises that do not seem to heal, weight loss, even when you eat more, tingling, pain, or numbness in hands and feet.

If you think you may have diabetes, GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR. Diabetes is controllable. With the right diet, exercise, and medication you can lead a long, normal life.


American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/facts-about-type-2.html