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How Do I Know If I Have Diabetes?

How Do I Know If I Have Diabetes?

When it comes to type II diabetes, identifying and assessing symptoms can be hard. The warning signs often seem so normal that they can be easy to overlook. You may not even realize you’ve been adjusting your life around complications and symptoms until they become impossible to manage. We’re all just trying to do our best, and sometimes that includes ignoring our own needs for the tasks at hand—and that’s no one’s fault.

In many cases of diabetes, not knowing you’re at risk is quite common. Out of the estimated 30 million people suffering from this condition, around 7.2 million go undiagnosed. A very alarming percentage when considering the rapid increase in those affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 30 years, diabetes rates have gone up more than 35 percent and an estimated 84 million Americans are now considered prediabetic.

So, what’s happening with the body? How do you recognize the signs? And what do you do if you think you may be suffering from type II diabetes?

What’s Happening

Diabetes is the result of a complication within the body that causes sugar levels to rise higher than what’s considered normal or safe. Type II is the most common form of diabetes; when the body does not create and manage insulin correctly, it eventually builds up a resistance. Normally, the pancreas first responds by trying to make up for this deficiency by producing more insulin. As time goes on, it can’t sustain this workload, causing complications in the body and compromising function.

Common Symptoms

As mentioned before, the symptoms of type II can be sneaky in that they either don’t present themselves or when they do, they seem like they’re not a big deal. The mentality around health management in our culture is very exclusionary—handle it and keep moving forward, right? Not exactly. Here are some of the most common symptoms. If you have two or more, you should seek help from a medical professional.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections

The Next Step

If you think there’s a chance you could be experiencing symptoms of type II diabetes, it’s time to seek medical assistance. Schedule an appointment with your doctor and keep a list of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. There are many things that can be done to help reverse, control or manage diabetes, but before you can begin treatment, you will need an official diagnosis from a trained medical professional.

Disclaimer: This post is not a substitute for advice or analysis from a medical professional.