Thursday, September 15, 2011

Symtoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Question:  Diabetes runs in my family and I think this puts me at risk.  Could you tell me what are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Answer:  Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes often has no signs or symptoms.  Even if lab work indicates diabetes, a person may not feel any different from usual.  If blood sugars are extremely high over a period of time, a person may start to feel frequent thirst, frequent hunger, lethargy, and may experience more frequent urination. 

If you have a family history, you may be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  I would recommend regular checkups with your doctor and request that your doctor check your Hemoglobin A1C in addition to a fasting glucose/metabolic panel.  The A1C may be more likely to show postprandial blood sugar spikes which are an earlier sign of the development of type 2 diabetes than an elevated fasting blood sugar. 

Also try to live a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, healthy food choices and smaller portions, and stress management techniques.  Healthy lifestyle changes may reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

1 comment:

  1. An imbalance in blood sugar can also lead to mood swings and feelings of depression, anger, frustration, etc.