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TYPE 2 DIABETES: 6 WARNING SIGNS

Excessive Urination

Excessive Urination

High blood sugar levels lead to excessive urination. So if you’re constantly running to the loo, it might be time to check your blood sugar level!
Constant Thirst

Constant Thirst

The more you urinate, the more your body gets dehydrated, and the more you feel the need to drink.
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Hunger

When your body can’t use insulin properly, your pancreas works harder to make more insulin. This leads to higher insulin levels. These higher insulin levels send a message to your brain telling it that your body is very hungry!
4

Extreme Tiredness

When your body can’t get glucose from your blood into its cells to use as energy, this can lead to extreme tiredness.
5

Unexplained Weight Loss

When your body can’t get glucose from your blood into its cells to use as energy, it starts burning fat and muscle for energy. This can cause a loss of fat and muscle mass, leading to unexplained weight loss.
6

Blurred Vision

High blood sugar make the lenses in your eyes unable to bend properly. The muscles in your eye have to work harder to focus the image. Blurred vision is an early sign of T2D. It disappears later on.
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T2D: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Having T2D means your body can no longer use insulin properly to keep blood sugar levels stable, or that your pancreas is no longer making enough insulin. Your blood sugar levels rise to abnormal levels because your body can’t get glucose from your blood into its cells to use as energy.
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Adult-onset

T2D is also known as adult-onset diabetes because it mainly affects people over 40, even though it’s becoming more common in children and young people. Symptoms of T2D develop over weeks or months, so they can be easily overlooked. Make sure you know them to be able to spot them!
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T2D: Who Is at Risk?

People who lead a sedentary lifestyle, have high fat and cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and smokers are all at risk of developing T2D.
T2D can lead to a host of complications and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. To prevent T2D, try to maintain an average weight by eating healthily and exercising regularly. Avoid sweet foods and drink, and don’t smoke!
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Why Should You Care?

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), almost 400 million people around the world have diabetes but HALF OF THEM DON’T KNOW IT! Don’t be one of them!

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