Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person’s pancreas (internal organ) is unable to make sufficient insulin (a hormone). This disturbs cells being able to use sugar from your diet for energy. What feeling could signal you have this health problem?
Have you ever sat down to eat, only to find you’re still feeling hungry after finishing off your meal?
The medical term for this excess hunger is called polyphagia, and it’s a common symptom of type 2 diabetes.
In uncontrolled diabetes (when blood sugar is at an abnormally high level), glucose (sugar) usually absorbed by cells – with the help of insulin – isn’t.
Even eating more food won’t satisfy an increased appetite with those with type 2 diabetes.
Instead, consuming more food will just lead to an even further increase in blood sugar levels.
These excess levels of blood sugar will need to an array of type 2 diabetes symptoms.
Diabetes UK list 10 common symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Feeling especially tired throughout the day (also known as fatigue), particularly after meals, is one symptom of the health condition.
Another symptom includes urinating more often than normal, particularly during the night – when you should be getting some undisturbed shuteye – and the medical name for this is polyuria.
Too much sugar in the blood can also be very dehydrating, leading to abnormal levels of thirst (polydipsia).
Genital itchiness could even signal type 2 diabetes, as well as having regular yeast infections.
Diabetes UK finishes off the list of type 2 diabetes symptoms as the following:
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing of cuts or wounds
- Having a skin disorder such as psoriasis or acanthosis nigricans
- Sudden weight loss or loss of muscle mass
A simple blood test by your GP can determine for definite if you have type 2 diabetes.
Sometimes, a diagnosis of prediabetes (in other words, borderline diabetes) can be made.
Fortunately, if you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means you and your GP can start the work needed to help prevent the condition developing into type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes is diagnosed when there is higher than normal blood sugar levels, but its not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes UK reported around seven million people are estimated to have prediabetes.
The charity adds: “The increasing number of new cases of prediabetes presents a global concern, as it carries large scale implications towards the future burden on healthcare.
“Early, decisive action can slow down or even halt the development of type 2 diabetes.”