There are many risk factors that increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If you know you are at risk there are certain signs you should be looking out for. Testing for type 2 diabetes is simple and can be done through your doctor’s office. Here’s what to look for:
- Weight gain or weight loss
Rapid changes in weight can indicate a number of diseases and malfunctions of the body systems and should always be discussed with your doctor right away. A rapid change is 2 or more pounds a week in either direction. Even when you are trying to gain weight or build muscle more than 2 pounds a week can be bad for your health.
- Constant hunger
Being hungry all the time can also be caused by a number of things. Stress, anxiety, diabetes, being dehydrated, poor sleep and simply eating the wrong foods and not actually supplying the vitamins and minerals your body needs. If you are constantly feeling hungry and reaching for food but have no other symptoms of diabetes you might want to try increasing your water, eat more vegetables and fruits, and limit caffeine and alcohol. If those don’t make a difference after a couple of weeks, talk to your doctor. If you have other signs of diabetes, see you doctor right away.
- Constant thirst
Being always thirsty can be a sign of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). It can also mean you aren’t drinking enough water. When you are thirsty make sure you aren’t just drinking coffee, soda pop and reduce your alcohol intake. Use an app like Plant Nanny which is available for iPhones, Android and Windows to remind to water yourself and track how much you are drinking. If you are at risk for diabetes, this is a symptom many report as their first clue something was wrong.
- Constant fatigue
I don’t mean just wanting to sleep all the time. Fatigue is MORE than tired. It’s being constantly weary, unmotivated, unable to concentrate and can be caused by a number of things. It may be that you truly can’t get good sleep or enough sleep, it may be too much alcohol or caffeine. It can also be a major symptom of several serious diseases. This is a symptom that should always be mentioned to your doctor.
- Blurry vision
There are so many potential physical ailments that include blurry vision this symptom should never be ignored.
- Slow healing
If you have cuts or bruises that take forever to heal, that means your body isn’t quite doing something right. Our bodies are usually great at healing these things, so when you notice that cut on your leg has been there a while, see a doctor.
- Pain, tingling or numbness in the feet, legs or hands
There are a few things that can cause this pins and needles feeling and numbness. It can be related to the nerves or blood flow. If you notice these feelings happening more than the occasion foot that fell asleep because of how you were sitting, see your doctor.
Many of these symptoms can indicate a variety of problems going on in the body, but they should be taken seriously, especially if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.