Diabetes type 2 happens when the level of sugar in the blood is too high.
The condition can be dangerous because if left untreated it can lead to serious health problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising, according to the NHS, because symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
However, symptoms can still occur, including feeling very tired.
Feeling fatigued or tired could be a sign of many things, ranging from various health issues to simply not getting enough sleep.
However, it could also be a sign of type 2 diabetes if present with other symptoms.
Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes include peeing more than usual, particularly at night, and feeling thirsty all the time.
Losing weight without trying to is another symptom, as is itching around the genital area.
Other symptoms can include blurred vision and cuts or wounds taking longer to heal.
The NHS advises seeing a doctor if you have any of the symptoms of diabetes type 2, or if you’re worried you may high a higher risk of getting it.
People more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes include those who are over the age of 40, or 25 for south Asians.
The age is lower for people of south Asian origin because they are generally more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Other ethnicities with a higher risk include Chinese, African Caribbean and black African.
If you have a close relative with diabetes, you are also more at risk.
In addition, being overweight or obese too increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
If you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, your doctor can diagnose it by performing a blood test.
A blood test will measure the level of sugar in the blood.
A urine test may also be undertaken.
“The earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment started, the better,” said the NHS.
“Early treatment reduces your risk of other health problems.”
Published at Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:38:00 +0000