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Managing Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Nov 2, 2007
Type 2 diabetes symptoms are quite varied but they still need to be managed in order to prevent many of the health problems that you could potentially face.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes due to high blood sugar may include:

. Increased thirst
. Increased hunger (especially after eating).
. Dry mouth.
. Frequent urination.
. Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry).
. Fatigue (weak, tired feeling).
. Blurred vision.
. Headaches.
. Loss of consciousness (rare).

Contact your health care provider if you have any of the following type 2 diabetes symptoms or if you have further questions about type 2 diabetes. It's important to get diabetes testing and start a treatment plan early to prevent serious diabetes complications. Type 2 diabetes is usually not diagnosed until health complications have occurred. Most often, there are no diabetes symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms of type 2 diabetes. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it.

Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:

. Slow-healing sores or cuts.
. Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area).
. Frequent yeast infections .
. Recent weight gain.
. Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit and groin, called acanthosis nigricans.
. Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet.
. Decreased vision.

You need to check your blood sugar several times a day in order to get a better idea of when the numbers fluctuate to an unsafe range, so that you can make changes in your diet or medication. This will also help your doctor be able to take better, more complete care of you. For this reason, you need to document the levels if your machine does not have a built-in memory. It is also important to observe your food intake. Herein you should keep a food diary. This, along with your blood sugar testing results, can provide a much clearer picture for your physician when they are taking into consideration your medical status so that they can help you to more easily manage your type 2 diabetes symptoms. You will also be able to find patterns here in your food intake that will help you to discover ways in which to change your diet so that you can keep yourself healthier and your blood glucose levels more stable.

Your prescriptions need to be taken as instructed or you will not obtain the results that you need in managing your type 2 diabetes symptoms. So, make sure that you understand the information that your doctor gives you about the prescription in order that you can be sure that you take it exactly as your doctor wants you to. Another important part of managing your type 2 diabetes symptoms lies in becoming physically active. There are many different benefits to exercising such as helping your body to run more efficiently, which in turn can truly influence your blood sugar. If you find activities that you enjoy doing, like walking, running, biking or playing tennis, basketball, etc. you will be able to have fun giving your body one of the tools that it needs to keep you healthy. All it takes is 30 minutes a day.

In order to manage your type 2 diabetes symptoms you will also need to change your lifestyle and habits. This is well worth the extra time and effort that this takes because it can help you to stay healthier longer. So, monitor and document your food and blood sugar levels, take your medications as prescribed and get some exercise in order to reduce many of your type 2 diabetes symptoms.
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