Type 2 diabetes symptoms can be difficult to spot because the vast majority of people are sick of the disease that is slowly creeping in.
The symptoms may not always be recognizable as a disease, and some people may live with these symptoms for long periods of time without knowing that they actually developed type 2 diabetes.
The Mayo Clinic lists the type 2 diabetes symptoms as follows:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Accidental weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slowly healing wounds
- Frequent infections
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Areas of dark skin, usually in the armpits and neck
It is important to know the risk factors. Do your lifestyle and current BMI indicate that you are at risk of developing type 2?
The risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
- be over 40 years old;
- Have parents or siblings with diabetes;
- to be overweight;
- not getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day;
- with high blood pressure and / or high cholesterol.
- High levels of stress and lack of sleep are also associated with a higher risk.
- As is ethnicity (people from South Asian and Afro-Caribbean ethnic groups are more likely to develop the disease).
Worldwide are obesity and a inactive lifestyle are two of the most common causes of type 2 diabetes. Did you know that type 2 used to be called diabetes in adults, but when there was a huge increase in children with symptoms, the name was changed to reflect that change.
At Motivation, we have been working for a long time with customers who suffer from diabetes or have type 2. We know that losing weight and making lifestyle changes have immediate effects. In almost all of the client's cases, the pre-diabetics reverse the symptoms and those with type 2 may stop taking medication.
We published a really good eBook – Type 2 Diabetes – Are You or a Loved One At Risk? – and it's worth downloading.
It is not advisable to do nothing or to ignore the symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns, just get in touch. We are here to help.