facebook pixel Type 2 diabetes: Know the Symptoms, Know Your risk
Site Search
< Blog Home < Healthy Living

Type 2 diabetes: Know the Symptoms, Know Your risk

Being aware of the symptoms of diabetes could help prevent issues down the road. Here’s what you should know.

group working out, know the signs and symptoms of diabetes lg

One of the most important facts to know about type 2 diabetes—a disease of high blood sugar—is this: You could have it and not know it.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly and can be subtle. And many people with the disease have no symptoms. That's why it's important to know your risk factors for the disease. It's also why your doctor may test you for it if you're at risk, even if you don't have symptoms.

The earlier type 2 diabetes is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of avoiding serious health problems.

Related: What's the Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

What is it and who is at risk?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It usually starts when the body has trouble using insulin, a hormone that helps glucose (also called blood sugar) enter the body's cells. When glucose can't move into cells, it builds up in the bloodstream instead.

Over time, a high glucose level in the blood can damage the body, increasing the chances for complications such as heart, eye and kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Some people are more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Higher-risk people include those who:

  • Are 45 years or older
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are sedentary
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
  • Have a history of gestational diabetes or of giving birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more

Related: 3 Ways to Prevent or Control Diabetes

What are the symptoms?

Some signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Urinating a lot
  • Feeling very thirsty, tired, or hungry (even though you're eating)
  • Having blurred vision
  • Having slow-healing cuts or bruises
  • Having numbness, pain, or tingling in your feet or hands

If you have symptoms like these, tell your doctor. He or she will most likely check your blood to see if you have diabetes.

Take it seriously

If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you will need to follow the advice of your doctor to keep the disease under control, which can help lower your risk of complications. You can do that by eating well, exercising regularly, and taking medications, if needed.

 

References: American Diabetes Association; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

Preventive Care for Men and Women: Cancer Screenings [Infographic]

Preventive care can help you gauge your current health status and find out ways to protect it now and in the future. Follow these recommendations for getting screened for cancer.

Nutrition and Diet

Baked Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla

An easy meal to make for your family, and your kids will never know they are packed with nutrients!

In the Community

Is Your Organization Keeping Utah Healthy? Apply for Our Award

Each year, we recognize 20 organizations that are making a healthy difference in Utah to help support their missions.

Business

How Our Mission Differentiates Us from Our Competitors

Here’s a look at how our mission helps our products differ from our competitors, how we educate consumers about their plan options, and how our team is involved in local communities.

Contenido Español

Consejos para preparar un depósito de alimentos y qué tener en su despensa

Cocinar en casa no tiene que ser complicado.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Healthy Living

Is Working Out in the Cold Good for You?

Exercising outside when it’s not warm and sunny might be a good option for you—here’s why it may be beneficial.

Healthy Living

5 Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera isn’t just for sunburns—it’s a plant full of nutrients and vitamins that may help fight a cold and other common ailments.

Healthy Living

The Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Do you know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Here’s what you can do now to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Healthy Living

Popular Hikes in Idaho

Spring and summer are the perfect time to take advantage of warm weather and longer nights by going for a hike.

Post Author

SelectHealth Staff