Diabetes is really a variety of endocrine-based disorders that involve trouble with the hormone insulin. Although not every person with type 2 diabetes is clinically obese, obesity and insufficient physical activity are two of the most frequent links. Genetic predisposition and various mineral deficiencies can contribute to the disorder. It is important to watch out for symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
If you are over 30 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, be aware of the common symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle choices are responsible for nearly 95% of cases in the United States, reports the Centers For Disease Control.
Those with type 2 diabetes produce insulin; yet, the insulin in their pancreas is either not enough or the body is unable to acknowledge the hormone and utilize it appropriately. The problem occurs when there is a breakdown in communication between insulin and the cell walls; glucose cannot enter to feed the cells. The cells cannot function adequately without nourishment and glucose levels continue to increase in the blood stream.
The body struggles to compensate for the lack of nutrients cells due to insulin resistance. In an effort to compensate for the problem, the pancreas continues to pump more insulin into the bloodstream even as the cells continued to resist glucose.
Here are some of the symptoms that can signal type 2 diabetes:
- Slow healing wounds and blisters that seem to take too long to recover.
- Excessive lethargy and fatigue can indicate hypoglycemia and is an indication of type 2 diabetes if these symptoms are not associated with sudden lifestyle changes.
- Unexplained increased hunger and or thirst can also be an indicator of onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Sudden appearance of dark patches or changes in texture of small patches of skin can be an indicator especially appearing around the neck and armpits.
- Rapid unexplained weight loss even when eating the same number of calories without changes in activity level.
- Persistent blurred vision or headaches can be an indicator of type 2 diabetes and often accompanies irritability or confusion.
- You should make a note of any sudden change in any of the above examples, especially if you are obese (BMI above 30). Have an annual test for type 2 diabetes if you are over the age of 30 and fall into any of the high-risk groups.
If you find any of the above symptoms of type 2 diabetes match your current condition then take the proper steps to get a thorough evaluation by medical professionals. If have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and you are interested in trying a natural treatment in addition to standard treatment, be sure do so only under the close supervision of a qualified health professional.
Keep track of your diet, exercise, sleep habits and supplements and consult your doctor. According to a groundbreaking new study completed by researchers at California universities, changes in diet and moderate exercise actually reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in at least 50% of patients in a matter of weeks.