As people also call it ‘sugar’, diabetes is a condition when sugar, or glucose, builds up in the blood. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. There’s a hormone called insulin created by the pancreas. It makes the body use the glucose/ sugar consumed through carbohydrates. It also helps to store energy for future use in the body.
Insulin basically keeps your body sugar/ glucose level fit and prevents it from getting high. And if it becomes high, this condition becomes hyperglycemia. And if your glucose levels drop down too low, it becomes hypoglycemia.
So what is the difference between diabetes 1 and type 2 diabetes
Patients with diabetes 1 produce no insulin hormone, we say their insulin is ‘broken.
’ Whereas patients of type 2 diabetes, the body stops making insulin in the required amounts.If not controlled, this condition can cause further deterioration in the body and the patient’s health. The severity of type 2 diabetes can lead to long term serious complications.
Realistically speaking, when we are affected by such a big disease, it just doesn’t happen overnight. You have listened to your body, figure out when and how you feel something different whether its internal or external. And if you feel something isn’t right, do not hesitate to seek medical assistance.
In most cases, the symptoms are very mild and hidden. And they’re overlooked by most people. Remember! Prevention is better than cure. And the sooner you find out about a disease, especially type 2 diabetes, the better you’ll recover. Down below are some symptoms you can look for in your body if you feel you have type 2 diabetes.
Early symptoms of Type 2 diabetes
- You’ll feel hungry more than before. You’ll have a constant urge to eat something all the time
- You might feel drained and deprived of energy.
- Some people occasionally suffer from muscle fatigue and weight loss consequently.
- You’ll constantly be feeling thirsty yet at the same time your urge to urinate will rise.
- Blurry vision, dryness in the mouth, and itchiness in your skin can happen because of this, too.
Some Severe symptoms of Type 2 diabetes
When your blood glucose level becomes high for a long time and you haven’t had the chance to overcome and control your initial small symptoms, your body will give you big signs of this disease which may include:
a) Vaginal yeast infection
Taken from a source written in 2014, women who have type 2 diabetes are on the edge of getting a vaginal yeast infection. It might be due to the high level of glucose in the body.
b) Acanthosis nigricans
It’s a condition where the skin loses its pigmentation in patches. These patches may be in knuckles, armpits, groins, knees, soles of the feet, lips, and palms. The affected areas have a typical color and a certain odor to it. It can be a sign of pre-diabetes.
It’s common in men and women, both.
3) Slow healing of wounds or cuts
If you’ve been accidentally got a cut on any part of your body or wound, the longer it takes for it to heal, the more chances there are of type 2 diabetes.
Remember not to overlook this major symptom.Although it’s dangerous anywhere on the body, doctors specially mention foot wounds. If your foot wound is taking normal than before to heal, it might turn into a foot ulcer. And they’re harder to treat than you’d think.
If such a wound occurs, contact your doctor immediately.
4) Numbness or Neuropathy
You’ll be surprised to hear that almost 60 to 70% of the people suffering from type 2 diabetes have numbness of some type and so neuropathy affects the arms, legs, knees, and toes. This unusual sensation is a major cause of type 2 diabetes that most people are unaware of.
- Contact your doctor immediately upon observing any of the above signs and that’s the first and foremost step
- Eat foods with high fibers and healthy carbs so your body has enough nutrients
- Control your weight and keep your heart and mind healthy
- Exercising regularly can help, especially cardio
Other than the information we provide, please always seek professional medical help for type 2 diabetes.