Type 2 Diabetes-when your own insulin stops working, is a condition in which the pancreas still produces insulin but the body doesn’t use it appropriately.
In the past, this type of diabetes was only diagnosed in adults. But now that many young people are suffering from overweight and obesity issues, we’re diagnosing this much more in children and adolescents.
In fact, if current trends continue, as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. That projection is mind-boggling, but it doesn’t necessarily have to come true for you or those you love.
There are no known causes for Diabetes, but there are several things that increase your risk of becoming a Type 2 Diabetic:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Being Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
In addition, genetics play a major role. If you have a family history (immediate family) of Diabetes, such as a mom, dad, brother or sister, you are more likely to develop it.
People who have been diagnosed as glucose intolerant or insulin resistant also have a higher chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes-when your own insulin stops working-comes with symptoms of its own.
The problem is that while they’re often the same as for Type 1 Diabetes, they’re usually mild and often go unnoticed until real damage has happened.
If you have any risk factors at all, whether you notice issues or not, it’s important to be tested regularly.
Symptoms to look out for include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Excessive hunger
- Blurry vision
- Wounds that won’t heal
- Nerve pain or tingly feet
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t delay your trip to the doctor to get checked out.
If you have any of the other risk factors and are over the age of 45, you’re more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Even if you don’t, however, make sure to start getting tested for diabetes every year at your regular doctor’s visit.
It’s a simple test and one you’ll be glad you got.
All you need to do is a fasting blood glucose test. No eating for eight hours before the blood test, and you’re good to go. If your blood sugar shows a problem, you may need to do other tests, but nothing too invasive, to decide if you have Type 2 Diabetes.
Each patient is different, so it’s hard to say what your specific treatment regimen will be. But, it will include lifestyle changes as well as medication, potentially. But don’t try to manage this on your own: listen to your doctor.
Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, with Type 2 Diabetes- when your own insulin stops working, you have the opportunity to reverse it by adding lifestyle changes that include modifying your diet, exercising and taking oral medications.
If these changes are not made, however, eventually you will need insulin to treat it. Seek the help of your health care professional to go the lifestyle route over the medication route and you won’t be sorry.