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Signs & Symptoms of Type II Diabetes
Type II Diabetes
Diabetes, particularly Type II Diabetes, is a disease that I worry about developing because my family seems to have a strong genetic predisposition for it. Type II Diabetes usually occurs in adulthood but in recent years has begun to be seen in adolescents as well. This type of Diabetes effects the body’s ability to produce sufficient insulin and/or to effectively use the insulin that is produced. Insulin is needed by the body to break down glucose (sugar) in the blood stream. Essentially, with Type II Diabetes, the excess glucose builds up in the blood stream resulting in high blood sugar levels. It is typically treated with oral medications and/or dietary changes.
Risk factors for developing Type II Diabetes include: being over 40, being overweight (obese), having high blood pressure, having high cholesterol, physically inactive individuals, and having family history of diabetes. If you had gestational diabetes while pregnant, you also have a higher risk for developing Type II Diabetes later in life. Higher incidence rates are seen in Native American, African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic American populations. If you or anyone you know fall into this category, I am providing some symptoms to look for below. It is important to realize that ANYONE can develop Type II Diabetes, whether you fall into the risk category or not. Being at-risk just suggests you have a higher likelihood of developing the disease.
Diabetes is a serious disease that without proper treatment/management, can result in a multitude of health issues that can eventually lead to death. Some of these problems include heart attacks, renal (kidney) damage/failure, strokes, blood vessel problems that may lead to poor circulation and amputations, blindness, and damage to the nerves. It can cause impotence in men. Diabetes cannot be prevented, however, research has indicated that with modest weight loss (30 -35% of body weight) and daily exercise (30 minutes daily) people found to be at a high risk for developing this disease can possibly prevent/delay the onset of Diabetes.
Type II Diabetes can be controlled and managed with oral medications, diet, and exercise. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have Type II Diabetes, here are some signs to watch for:
· Excessive thirst – being overly thirsty
· Frequent urination
· Weight loss
· Blurred vision
· Increased hunger
· Extreme unexplained fatigue
· Recurring infections of the skin, gums, and bladder
· Numbness and/or tingling in the hands and/or feet
· Wounds that take a long time to heal
· Recurring yeast infections in women
This article was written to inform people of the possible dangers of untreated Diabetes and in an effort to help people prevent/delay the development of this disease. I also wanted people to be aware of the signs of diabetes so that they could seek early treatment and begin managing their disease so that they would not develop the chronic problems associated with untreated/poorly treated Diabetes.