Posted on: 18 August 2021
This blog post is going to talk about type 2 diabetes and the reasons you should get checked out if you think that you might have it. There are many symptoms of type 2 diabetes and some can be quite serious, so people must get a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Now find out what this condition is all about.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or when your body doesn't respond well to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose in the blood to enter into cells where it can be used for energy. When there isn't enough insulin produced or if it can't be used properly, glucose remains in the blood. As a result, the blood glucose levels go up and a person will start showing signs of having type 2 diabetes. The good news is that this condition is often completely preventable as well as manageable with treatment.
What are the symptoms?
So, you know what type 2 diabetes is and why it happens, have a look at the symptoms that it can cause. There are many symptoms of type 2 diabetes and they can vary from one person to the next due to factors such as age or whether or not they're overweight. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Being unusually thirsty
- Unexpected weight loss when not dieting
- Frequently passing urine at night or in the daytime
- Feeling tired most of the time without a good reason
- Having blurred vision or trouble focusing
- Having pains in your stomach area
What are the assessment and treatment options?
If you have any of the symptoms above, please go to your local medical centre for an assessment and treatment options. A doctor will discuss your symptoms and check you have no underlying medical condition that might be responsible. The doctor may take blood samples that can be analysed to check your insulin and glucose levels. The recommended treatment options include:
- Taking medication to reduce your blood glucose level
- Losing weight if you're overweight
- Changing your diet
- The use of insulin injections if your blood glucose levels are too high
By following these simple tests and treatments, you can improve your health and avoid complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure. So please make an appointment at your local medical centre.Share