About 1 in 3 people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. Could that be you?
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes strikes people of all ages, and early symptoms are subtle. In fact, about one out of three people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it. This chronic condition thwarts the body’s ability to use the carbohydrates in food for energy. The result is elevated blood sugar. Over time, this excess sugar raises the risk for heart disease, loss of vision, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions.
Diabetes Warning Sign: Thirst
People 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: Headaches
As blood sugar levels become more abnormal, additional symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.
Diabetes Warning Sign: Infections
In many 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 Dysfunction
Sexual 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.
It’s estimated between 35% and 70% of men with diabetes will have at least some degree of impotence in their lifetime. And about 1 in 3 women with diabetes will experience some form of sexual dysfunction.
Risk Factors You Can Control
Some 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 and /or a triglyceride level over 250 mg/dL.
Risk Factors You Can’t Control
Other risk factors are out of your control, including:
- Race or ethnicity: Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asians have a higher than average risk.
- Family history of diabetes: Having a parent or sibling with diabetes boosts your risk.
- Age: Being 45 and older increases your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- The more risk factors you have, the greater your odds of developing type 2 diabetes.
Risk Factors for Women
Having gestational diabetes when you’re pregnant puts you at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes later on. Women who give birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds are also at risk. Having a history of polycystic ovary syndrome can also cause insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes.
Managing Diabetes: Diet
Fortunately, controlling blood sugar levels by changing diet and losing excess weight can also cut your risk of complications. People with type 2 diabetes should carefully monitor carbohydrate consumption and keep the amounts of carbs in your meals fairly consistent, as well as total fat and protein intake, and reduce calories. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian to help you with healthy choices and an eating plan that will work for you. Download the free Manna Diet from our website and follow the program.
Managing Diabetes: Exercise
Routine exercise, such as strength training or walking, improves the body’s use of insulin and can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Being active also helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and protect against heart disease. People with type 2 diabetes should try to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week.
Managing Diabetes: Stress Reduction
Stress can cause blood pressure to rise. It can also increase glucose levels in your blood as part of your “fight or flight” response. Or you may turn to food to cope with stress. All are bad when living with diabetes. Instead of letting stress take its toll, try practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or visualization. Sometimes talking to a friend, family member, counselor, or member of the clergy can help. If you’re still battling stress, reach out to your doctor.
Managing Diabetes: Medication and Supplements
Whether you take oral medication or inject with insulin or both, you can use the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with your medication, because this product, when taken with food, help to body to require less insulin and therefore can help you to reduce your medication.
Please consult your doctor before reducing diabetes medication.