Diagnosing Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is becoming more and more common across the globe. The disease comes in two forms: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is much more common. It can also go undetected for a lengthy period of time because one’s blood sugar level climbs slowly over time. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes are unaware of its presence.
There are some common symptoms which can indicate the possibility of diabetes. These would include a constant feeling of thirst as well as feelings of being extremely hungry. People with type 2 diabetes also have to urinate more frequently than normal. Unintentional weight loss can also signal diabetes as well as feelings of fatigue and moodiness. While these are the most common symptoms others can also occur. Infections and cuts will heal very slowly. There may be trouble with other types of infections including yeast, skin, gum and bladder. There can be tingling in the hands and the feet. Vision can also be affected by diabetes.
Getting diagnosed with diabetes is crucial. If the disease goes on too long without detection, it can cause severe health problems with major organs such as the kidneys and heart. The eyes and nerves are also affected.
If a person is having several of these symptoms, it is a good idea to have it checked out by a doctor. In many cases doctors will do diabetes screening as part of regular physicals especially if the patient has certain risk factors. These can include being 45 years or older. Some patients may be younger than 45 but are overweight with other risk factors. Also, one’s family history of type 2 diabetes plays a role in how closely a patient is monitored for the disease.