GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Many women are so focused on taking care of their families or careers they often overlook their own health. Type 2 diabetes is the common form of diabetes and according to diabetessisters.org, it affects more than 11 million women in the US. Women who are minorities are considered to be most at risk, according to the organization.
So what is diabetes? The American Diabetes Association explains, “Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.”
In busy day to day life the symptoms of diabetes can easily be overlooked. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for from prevention.com.
1. Unusual dark skin patches
Keep an eye on your skin. If out of the blue you start noticing “dark, velvetty” patches of skin in areas like skin folds, the back of your neck or knuckles it may indicate that your blood sugar level is too high. Learn more.
2. Sudden vision change
Did your vision all of sudden improve or get dramatically worse? Diabetes can cause fluid in your body to shift around and make your eye sight flucuate.
Do you have a case of the itchies? Diabetes patients often report dry skin and itching to their doctors. Keep this sign in mind especially if moisturizer doesn’t fix the problem.
4. Hearing loss
If you’re having trouble hearing or finding yourself blasting the TV, think twice about this symptom. According to prevention.com researchers believe that diabetes damages the blood vessels and nerves of the inner ear, leading to sub-par hearing.
5. Snoring all of a sudden
“About half of type 2 diabetics have sleep-disordered breathing,” says Osama Hamdy, MD, director of inpatient diabetes management at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
It may sound cliche but prevention diabetes is all about eating healthy, being active and maintaining a healthy weight. Talk to your primary care doctor about your symptoms.
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