Monday, March 9, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (sometimes called mature onset diabetes) is the most common form of diabetes. As with Type 1 Diabetes, the problem is related to insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar into energy.
With Type 2 diabetes your body might be producing too little insulin, or it might not be reacting to the insulin correctly. Either way, the end result is that glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of going into the cells. Left untreated, high blood sugar can cause serious long-term health problems.
Type 2 diabetes usually appears later in life, often between the ages of 35-45 years. As it often develops slowly, many people may not recognise the symptoms, and may have diabetes without knowing it.
If you have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are one of the lucky ones. Many people have diabetes without knowing it, and are at much greater risk of long term medical complications.
Finding out you have diabetes can be upsetting, but it should not prevent you from living a long and happy life. You may need to make a few changes in your lifestyle, but these changes are also good advice for non-diabetics, so probably a good idea anyway.
Although those with type 2 diabetes experience of before they are diagnosed, many do not. The disease continues to advance and those affected -- whether or not they are aware what is happening -- can go on to develop long-term complications. Clues to the presence of type 2 diabetes include: recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, itchy skin, frequent vaginal yeast infections, fatigue, drowsiness or blurred vision, increased thirst, frequent need to urinate, and tingling in the hands or feet
A person may also present evidence of the complications of diabetes to their physician. These can include: high blood pressure, impotence, progressively worsening eyesight, or cardiovascular diseases such as angina or heart attacks.

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