Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes symptoms are generally similar to the disease type 1 diabetes. Formerly referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas has not lost the ability to create insulin, the cells of the body simply have developed a resistance to it.

Blood sugar levels increase and cells are not able to intake sugar to use for their normal metabolic needs. Multiple complications can arise as a result of this sugar imbalance.

Type 2 diabetes typically begins after 30 years of age and occurs more frequently as age progresses.

Obesity has been identified as one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms:

  • frequent urination
  • excessive quantities of urine
  • excessive thirst
  • weight loss
  • persistent hunger
  • dehydration
  • blurred vision
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • quick to fatigue
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • deep and rapid breathing
  • breath smells like nail polish remover (ketones)

Type 2 diabetes disease symptoms may not appear in affected individuals for years or decades. The early type 2 diabetes symptoms may be very minor and may go unnoticed.

With some environmental or induced stress blood sugar levels can rise to very high levels. Seizures, confusion or a drowsy feeling may result.

Oppositely, hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, may develop in early type 2 diabetes.

Diagnosis for type 2 diabetes is accomplished by blood testing.

There is currently no cure. Treatment for type 2 diabetes is through blood sugar monitoring and insulin administration (self-managed by individual from home).

Weight control through diet, exercise, and education are also very effective in helping control the disease.

Type 2 diabetes has potentially severe health effects, aside from its symptoms, if not treated or controlled properly.

Potentially fatal cardiovascular, neurological, and metabolic conditions can result from the disease.