What Are The Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes?

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Type 2 diabetes causes is a relaatively common but dangerous condition that occurs when your blood sugar levels to get out of control and become too high. High blood sugar can affect various cells and organs causing kidney damage, eye damage, an increased risk for heart disease or stroke. Diabetes can also lead to chronic conditions, like neuropathy or nerve damage,

Recognizing the early signs and symptoms, and getting treatment, reduces the risk of severe life-changing — and life-threatening — complications.

Type 2 diabetes often comes on slowly and silently. and many people don’t realize what’s happening to them.

The early signs and symptoms typically include the following.

Frequent urination

High blood sugar levels cause your kidneys to remove the excess sugar by filtering it out of the blood leading to an increased need to urinate.

Increased thirst and hunger

As you urinate more often, you lose additional water. Eventually, this can make you feel more thirsty than usual.

People with diabetes often do not get enough energy from the food they eat because diabetes changes digestion processes. So people with type 2 diabetes often feel constantly hungry, regardless of how recently they have eaten.

Frequent, persistent fatigue

Tiredness occurs as a result of less sugar moving from the bloodstream into the body’s cells.

Blurry vision

High sugar levels damage tiny blood vessels in the eyes, which can cause blurry vision. This blurry vision can occur in one or both of the eyes and may come and go.

Slow healing of cuts and wounds

Type 2 diabetes damages the body’s nerves and blood vessels, reducing efficient blood circulation. Accordingly, even minor cuts and wounds may take weeks or months to heal, which also raises the risk of developing infections.

Tingling, numbness, or pain in the extremities

Inefficient blood circulation results in nerve damage (neuropathy), leading to a sensation of tingling or numbness in the hands and feet. Without treatment, diabetic neuropathy can worsen over time and lead to more serious complications.

Dark skin patches

Patches of dark skin that appear on the creases of the neck, armpit, or groin can also indicate that diabetes may be developing.


Warm, moist areas of the skin, such as the mouth, genital areas, and armpits are often affected by type 2 diabetes. These areas can become usually itchy, and a person may also experience burning, redness, and soreness.

There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle changes — losing weight, eating well, exercising — can help manage the disease. If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your doctor you may also suggest diabetes medications or insulin therapy.

The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, “What are the early signs of diabetes?”

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