Diabetes – Type 2

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy.

With type 2 diabetes your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have pre-diabetes which means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having pre-diabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

There is no cure for diabetes.

As of 2015, over 30 million people in the US, or nearly 10 percent of the population had diabetes. And of those diagnosed, more than 1 in 4 didn’t know they had the disease. Some of the signs of diabetes are:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth.
  • Frequent urination or urine infections.
  • Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision.
  • Headaches.

Over time, high blood sugar leads to problems such as:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • kidney disease
  • eye problems
  • dental disease
  • nerve damage
  • foot problems

Prevention is the key. If you feel you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, speak to your physician and educate yourself on the risks and ways to prevent it.

American Diabetes Association
An overview of diabetes

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