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Early Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Emma | November 28th, 2012

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A staggering 24 million Americans suffer from diabetes, but only 18 million people know they have it – which leaves 6 million diabetes sufferers in the dark about their condition. This can be very dangerous, as diabetes is called the silent killer. The condition can progress to life-threatening stages before the symptoms of diabetes become severe enough to trigger a visit to the doctor.

The good news is that if you have identifiable diabetes symptoms, or if you are at risk for the condition, there’s plenty you can do. Begin with a diabetes diet to help moderate blood sugar levels. Lose weight, especially around your midsection. Get active. You don’t need to go it alone. Physician-assisted programs, such as those available through the Center for Medical Weight Loss can tailor diabetic diet plans to your needs, helping you ward off pre-diabetes or reverse type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes and pre diabetes

There are several warning signs and symptoms of diabetes to watch for:

  • Blurred or distorted vision: High glucose levels can actually change the shape of your eye, causing you to see bright flashes of light or blurring your vision.
  • Excessive hunger: Blood sugar spikes and falls can cause sudden hunger pangs.
  • Increased thirst and/or urination: If you’ve noticed an increased frequency of urination and an almost insatiable thirst, it could be a sign that your kidneys are kicking into high gear to clean your blood of glucose.
  • Irritability & fatigue: The discomforts of diabetes can cause restless sleep, which leads to fatigue and irritability.
  • Numbness or tingling: Diabetes can cause permanent nerve damage that usually begins with numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
  • Skin discoloration or itchiness: Skin problems, including dryness and dark patches, can be an early sign of diabetes.
  • Slow to heal: When there’s too much glucose traveling through your veins, it can damage your blood vessels. This can make you slow to heal from cuts and bruises.
  • Unexplained weight loss: If you’ve lost 10-20 pounds for no apparent reason, it could be a glucose imbalance that has triggered your body to break down proteins and muscle to fuel itself.
  • Yeast infections: Diabetes affects your immune system, and one of the first signs of immune problems can be infection. Fungal infections, and especially yeast infections, are the most common.

How a diabetes diet can help

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, a diabetes diet can help manage blood sugar and insulin levels. By incorporating healthy food choices, including lean proteins, whole grains, and good fats, you can not only control diabetes but reverse the condition all together. Exercise is another important part of the equation, as an active lifestyle and healthy weight can help lower other risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Physician-assisted weight loss programs, such as those available through the Center for Medical Weight Loss, are an excellent option for diabetes maintenance and reversal. Each program is completely customized to the individual, which means that your diet plan will take into account your lifestyle, favorite foods, and exercise programs.

Get a jump start on a healthy lifestyle and diabetes-free living today by finding the Center nearest you – just enter your zip code to the box on the right. Introductory offers are available to first-time clients in select locations throughout the country.