Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Information

Symptoms

Surprise!! You have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Chances are pretty good that you have had diabetes for a while.  In fact you unknowingly may have been living with it for years.  Below are a few things you should watch for.

  • Being very thirsty and having to pee lots. When extra sugar gets built up in the blood stream it causes fluids to be released from your tissues.  This is the reason you feel the need to continuously drink.  Well because you are drinking so much then urinating a lot is a direct result.
  • You feel hungrier because there isn’t enough insulin in your body to replete your cells with sugar. This result is your muscles and organs really needing energy.  So because of this you get crazy hungry.
  • So now because of everything you are eating way more but when you take a look you realize you are losing weight. Because the body can’t break down its sugars the body has to take extreme measures.  By doing this glucose is released in the urine which makes your bodies burn more calories.
  • If the sugar isn’t in your cells then you may become very tired very easily.
  • If you have blurry vision it is because your blood sugars are too high which results in fluids being pulled from the lenses of your eyes. In most cases this results in blurred vision and trouble focusing.
  • Another thing that is very characteristic to type 2 diabetes is slow healing and difficulty in keeping infections away.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these difficulties then that should be a very good sign to go and see your doctor and see if you indeed do have type 2 diabetes.

Causes

Some type 2 diabetes information is what causes this dreadful disease.  Your body gets to a point where it won’t take insulin or the pancreas just stops making enough of it.  There aren’t any guaranteed reasons as to why this happens.  However there is strong indication that things like not getting enough exercise and being overweight is a strong reason people develop type 2 diabetes.

The Workings of Insulin

Insulin is a hormone that is released from the pancreas which is located below and behind the stomach.

  • The bloodstream gets insulin from the pancreas
  • The sugar gets into the cells when the insulin makes its way through your body
  • Sugar levels are lowered in the bloodstream by insulin
  • The levels of insulin that come from the pancreas drop as your sugar levels go down

 

What Does Glucose Do?

A sugar in your body that is called glucose is the biggest form of energy in your muscles and tissues that are formed from your cells.

  • Food and your liver are the two major ways we get glucose.
  • Insulin helps the cells to get sugar into the blood stream.
  • Glucose is made and stored in the liver.
  • The liver breaks down glycogen to make glucose and then it is used in cases where your sugars may be too low like if you haven’t eaten in a while.

That’s why we have type 2 diabetes information.  To tell you the above mentioned process doesn’t work so well.  Instead of the sugars going to the cells like it’s supposed to they make their way into the blood stream instead.  The pancreas creates more insulin as your levels of sugar go up.  However in time with diabetics the cells just can’t make enough insulin to supply the needs of the body.

Risks to Give You Type 2 Diabetes

Science and research has no real understandings as to why people get type 2 diabetes.  However there are some real factors that we do know are risks in getting type 2 diabetes.

  • One of the biggest risks of getting type 2 diabetes is being overweight. The more fat you carry makes it harder it is for the cells to turn to insulin.  It is a factor but just so you know you do not have to be overweight to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Where fat is stored in your body makes a difference. You have a better chance of developing type 2 diabetes if your body stores fat in your stomach as compared to maybe your hips or butt.
  • Of course being physical helps you to control your weight so if you just sit on the couch and do very little you are more prone to get type 2 diabetes.
  • A big factor is whether or not others in your family had type 2 diabetes.
  • Nobody is really sure why but it seems race is also a factor. It seems type 2 diabetes happens more in blacks, Asians and Hispanics.
  • Age seems to be a factor as well. For the most part type 2 diabetes is developed in people when they get past the age of 45.  However in more cases we are seeing children develop type 2 diabetes.

 

Complications of Type 2 Diabetes

At first it’s quite easy to ignore the fact that you have type 2 diabetes because you still feel great and likely don’t even realize you have the disease.  The problem is that while you think everything is ok lots of the organs in your body are taking a beating.  So figuring it out as early as possible is important so that you can get sour sugars under control and work on slowing down any complications.

Yes, the complications that come from type 2 diabetes tend to come on slowly.  The problem is eventually these complications can be very very life threatening.

  • Diabetes greatly increases your chances of heart diseases. So many different things like high blood pressure, artery disease, heart attack and possibly stroke.
  • Nerve damage is huge when it comes with type 2 diabetes. Too much sugar injures the blood vessels that feed your nerves.  This is usually quite apparent in your legs.  Because of this you may experience lots of tingling or burning that can spread through your arms and legs.  If you don’t control your sugars you could eventually lose all feeling in your extremities.
  • The kidneys have millions of blood vessels that filter wastes from your blood. Diabetes steps in and does damage to this filter system.  Because of this you could end up with kidney failure which would lead you to dialysis or a kidney transplant.
  • Plain and simple type 2 diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes. Controlling your blood sugar is so very important.
  • You can develop poor blood flow and nerve damage in your feet. This develops complications.  These need to be treated otherwise they can lead to bad infections which can very likely lead to amputations.
  • In some cases you can have hearing problems with type 2 diabetes.

 

I hope this article has had enough type 2 diabetes information to help you on this journey with the dreaded disease.