It’s this simple: people with Type 2 diabetes even in the early stages, show several common indicators of this condition. They include:
- more than usual urination paired with an extreme thirst,
- weight gain or sometimes weight loss,
- numbness and tingling in your hands or feet,
- patches of dark skin in the folds and creases of your body,
- slow to heal wound infections,
- frequent bladder and vaginal infections, and
- blurry vision.
Type 2 diabetes begins decades before a diagnosis is made, with an increasing resistance to insulin. This increasing resistance is the result of:
- weight gain… especially abdominal fat,
- decreased activity, and
Signs and symptoms come on gradually and are not immediately identifiable, causing most people to not even think they need to take any action to overcome them. There are, however, disease warning signs.
Most people would agree Type 2 diabetes goes hand-in-hand with being overweight or obese. In fact, up to 90 per cent of all diabetes cases are Type 2, and at least 80 per cent of those are found in people who are overweight. Statistics show the incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly world-wide, through all cultures.
When one is obese or overweight, the cells tend to resist insulin, which is also true among diabetics. The major site of insulin resistance is the muscle tissue, which normally uses more than 80 per cent of the glucose taken into the body. Due to this resistance, the body’s insulin levels actually begins to rise. This leads to high levels of insulin and glucose in the bloodstream… this is usually when your doctor will make a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.