Did you know that you may have diabetes and not know it.
Type 2 diabetes symptoms are especially hard to pinpoint. The disease progresses slowly, and you may not realize that you have developed it without screening. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes out of which 8 million are undiagnosed.
However, there are few symptoms which may be an indication of possible diabetes.
- You have to urinate more often. This is because your kidneys are working harder to process extra sugar in your urine.
- You feel more thirsty than usual. As you urinate more, you feel more dehydrated – and that makes you want to drink more liquids. Some people also feel hungrier than usual.
- You have increased urinary tract, yeast or vaginal infections.
- You experience unintentional weight loss. While many people want to lose weight, the weight loss that occurs faster than normal may not be a healthy weight loss. It happens because your body can't properly use insulin to help process glucose, a sugar found in food, for fuel. So your body starts to process fat and muscle for fuel.
- You have flu-like symptoms or feel more fatigued. The fatigue comes from a lack of glucose, your body's No. 1 energy source.
- You experience occasional blurred vision. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which affects your vision.
The Type 2 diabetes symptoms are confusing because the signs of aging and the signs of diabetes can overlap. It is also possible that your symptoms could also overlap with the effects of certain drugs. It is also possible that you are getting used to living with certain symptoms- such as fatigue or increased urination.
If you are in an insurance program that allows a yearly checkup program, then your doctor is able to monitor a fasting blood sugar check. The blood sugar check provides a hemoglobin A1C check, which measures your average blood sugar over the previous three months. The advantage of the test that it could also reveal if you have prediabetes – which means you still have time to change your eating habits and physical activity so you don't develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
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