Early Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
It might surprise you to learn that more than 37 million Americans, 1 in 10 people, have diabetes. Even more surprising is that 1 in 5 people do not know that they have diabetes. This chronic condition affects how the body processes glucose (sugar) and can lead to a cascade of other health issues. It often develops slowly.
Diabetes can be managed and, in some cases, even reversed. This is why it’s important to have routine checkups, be aware of some of the symptoms, and discuss them with your Primary Care Provider (PCP).
It’s important to note that some people with Type 2 diabetes may not experience noticeable symptoms in the early stages.
Some of the most common can include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Slow wound healing
- Darkened skin patches
- Frequent infection
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor to schedule a diabetes screening.
Have you heard about prediabetes? Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. Not all individuals with prediabetes experience symptoms, which is why regular doctor check-ups are essential for early detection.
It is possible to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes to maintain a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Regular daily exercise is one of the best choices that can be made for overall health. Even just a short walk every day can make a big difference!
Contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to schedule your annual exam and discuss potential risk factors.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The HMO products are offered by Blue-Advantage Plus of Kansas City, Inc. and the PPO products are offered by Missouri Valley Life and Health Insurance Company, both independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and both wholly owned subsidiaries of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.