Be aware of the following signs and symptoms
If you have two or more on the list below, it is best to see your doctor for further evaluation. Common signs and symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Blurry vision
- Frequent urination (you wake 3 or more times in the night to urinate)
- Fatigue (particularly after eating)
- Feeling irritable
- Wounds that don’t heal or heal slowly
Take note of your lifestyle choices.
People who live a sedentary life (with little to no exercise) are at a heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight or obese, or who eat more sweets and refined carbohydrates than is ideal are also at significantly higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Note that Type 2 diabetes is acquired in one’s life, most often related to poor lifestyle choices, versus Type 1 diabetes which is a condition that most often presents in childhood in which the pancreas simply cannot make use of insulin due to lack of beta cells.
See your doctor.
The only way to truly confirm whether or not you have diabetes is to see your doctor for diagnostic testing (in the form of blood tests). The numbers that come back on your blood tests will help to classify you as “normal“, “pre-diabetic“ (meaning you are at very high risk of soon developing diabetes if you do not make some dramatic lifestyle changes), or “diabetic.”
It is best to know sooner rather than later whether or not you have the disease, because if you do, prompt treatment is key.
The damage that results to your body as a result of diabetes is mostly long-term damage resulting from “uncontrolled blood sugars.”
What this means is that, if you receive treatment that helps to control your blood sugars, you can avert or at least “push off” (delay) many of the long-term health consequences of diabetes. It is for this reason that prompt diagnosis and treatment are key.