The disease that was predominantly limited to adults is now being progressively diagnosed in children and young adults. More than 100 million Americans are living with either pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the manner in which the body processes blood sugar.
If not cared for, the health problems that come with diabetes can be weighty. While there is no cure, management tactics such as exercise can keep things in balance along with low-carbohydrate and high-fat diets.
The United States has over 8 million people with undiagnosed diabetes. Here are a few signs to watch out for that may put you in that number.
Excessive Thirst and Hunger
Extreme thirst, also known as polydipsia, is a regularly missed type 2 diabetes symptom. Often times people feel their thirst is caused by the warm weather. The truth is that when the body has a high amount of glucose, the kidneys are trying to keep up with the elimination process, which can leave the body dehydrated.
If you’ve become a regular bathroom-breaker, your body may be insulin deficient. Insulin is a hormone that carries glucose into the cells to provide energy. When glucose becomes accumulated in the bloodstream, the kidneys flush it out from the blood and into the urine. This causes higher urine production and increases the risk for urinary tract infections. Those with type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk for UTIs than those without the disease.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Losing weight is generally a symptom of type 1 diabetes; however, it has proven to be a symptom of type 2 diabetes also. This is caused by the body’s struggle to make insulin. When cells can’t consume glucose from food for energy, it cues fat breakdown resulting in weight loss. The weight loss can also be explained by the constant urination, causing a loss of calories and water.