Learn More About Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most chronic diseases in America, in which blood sugar levels get way higher than normal. Every one in ten people in the U.S is diabetic and it’s the seventh major cause of deaths in America.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, accounting for 95% of the cases of diabetes. In this condition, the movement of sugar into your cells gets unregulated as the body either resists against the effects of insulin or it fails to produce enough amount of insulin required to regulate the blood sugar levels.

Proper education regarding diabetes, its causes, symptoms, complications, treatment, and prevention are necessary in order to understand, identify and act and to stay safe from this disease that makes one’s life miserable.

Causes and contributing factors

The main cause of type 2 diabetes is the change in your body’s metabolism that causes the fat tissues to release fat molecules in your blood, resulting in the development of resistance against the insulin. There are different reasons/ factors that lead to such a condition. Other causes and contributing factors may include:

  • Genetics

Genetics play a very important role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Although researchers are unable to pinpoint the genetic mutation yet they are certain that the risk for type 2 diabetes can be inherited.

This doesn’t mean that you are destined to have type 2 diabetes if one of your parents has it. This only means that you are more likely to have it than any other person.

  • Poor diet

Unhealthy meal choices, eating low fiber fatty foods are a major cause of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Insufficient physical activity.

 Exercise and adequate physical activity are essential to maintain your body’s metabolism and fat burning consequently helping you to avoid type 2 diabetes. Lack of physical activity increases your chances of having type 2 diabetes.

  • Obesity

 Obesity caused by any reasons is dangerous as the excess fats increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. With the increase in age the risks of having type 2 diabetes increases in obese people as the muscle mass decreases and the fat further increases.

Symptoms

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes don’t develop at once. Rather, they develop at a very slow rate. You may have the symptoms and it is quite possible that you don’t know it.  The symptoms are:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Slow healing
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark skin near armpits or neck
  • Erectile dysfunction

Complications

The complications related to type 2, may develop gradually but they can be disabled or fatal in some cases. If left untreated, it can lead to complications that may include:

  • Heart and vascular diseases
  • Nervous damage
  • Eyes damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Skin problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Sleep apnea
  • Alzheimer’s disease

You can always learn more at your local walk in clinic or a 24 hour clinic to have a better understanding.

Treatment

It is not possible to cure type 2 diabetes but it can be managed by managing blood sugar levels. Management may include steps like:

  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Weight loss
  • Healthy diet
  • Proper exercise
  • Diabetes medication
  • Insulin therapy
  • Monitoring blood sugar

For professional medical care, you can visit any walk in clinic or visit your local 24-hour clinic.

Prevention

Truly, prevention is better than cure. In order to stay safe from this miserable disease, you can take the following steps:

  • Eat healthily
  • Stay active
  • Avoid laziness
  • Lose weight
  • Stay happy

You can have proper diet plans and diet charts made specifically for yourself at a walk in clinic or any 24 hour clinic that suit your body and health well.