Type 2 diabetes differs from type 1 diabetes in that it is closely related to obesity. On the other hand, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition not linked to weight.
There are seven telltale signs of high blood sugar (the determinant of type 2 diabetes). The UK Diabetes Association confirmed that one of the warning signs of type 2 diabetes is “going to the toilet a lot”.
This particularly indicates if you need to get up during the night to urinate.
Another indicator of high blood sugar levels is feeling really thirsty, no matter how much you eat.
Other signs of type 2 diabetes include:
Unexplained weight loss.
Recurrent thrush infections.
Wounds take longer to heal.
Diabetes UK advises anyone with symptoms of diabetes to see their GP.
Adequate diagnosis and treatment can reduce the chances of developing serious health complications.
It can be said that we are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes when we suffer from high blood pressure, and if we are overweight.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) also have an increased risk, as the condition is associated with insulin resistance, the main hormone that the pancreas secretes when blood sugar levels rise.
The secretion of insulin in the cells of the body enables the sugar to be absorbed into the bloodstream for energy.
However, if the body’s cells become resistant to insulin, the sugar will continue to build up in the bloodstream.
Certain health conditions are also a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, such as:
Antipsychotic medications can increase a person’s risk of developing high blood sugar.