Learn the Warning Signs:
Diabetes Warning Sign: ThirstPeople with type 2 diabetes frequently have no symptoms. When symptoms do appear, one of the first may be an increase in thirst. This is often accompanied by additional problems, including dry mouth, increased appetite, frequent urination -- sometimes as often as every hour -- and unusual weight loss or gain.
Diabetes Warning Sign: HeadachesAs blood sugar levels become more abnormal, additional symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.
Diabetes Warning Sign: InfectionsIn most cases, type 2 diabetes is not discovered until it takes a noticeable toll on health. One red flag is troubling infections, such as:
- Cuts or sores that are slow to heal
- Frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections
- Itchy skin, especially in the groin area
Diabetes Warning Sign: Sexual DysfunctionSexual dysfunction is common among people with diabetes. Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels and nerve endings in the genitals, leading to a loss of feeling and making orgasm difficult. Other complications can include vaginal dryness and impotence in men.
Risk Factors You Can ControlSome health habits and medical conditions related to your lifestyle can increase the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, including:
- Being overweight, especially at the waist
- A sedentary lifestyle
- A diet high in red meat, processed meat, high-fat dairy products, and sweets
- Abnormal cholesterol and blood fats, such as HDL "good" cholesterol lower than 35 mg/dL or a triglyceride level over 250 mg/dL.