Type 2 Diabetes symptoms, and you
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you probably already know the main symptoms, which include:
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Sexual difficulties
- Change in weight
- Pains and tingles in extremities
Type 2 Diabetes may often exist without symptoms, which is why many people don’t realise they have the condition. So when you do experience symptoms, it usually indicates that your glucose levels are quite high.
Often the symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop slowly over the course of time. Some people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at all and don’t discover their condition until complications develop.
Am I at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
There are a number of factors which can put you at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including:
- having prediabetes (slightly elevated blood sugar levels)
- being overweight or obese
- having an immediate family member with type 2 diabetes
- being over age 45
- being physically inactive
- history of gestational diabetes, which is diabetes during pregnancy
- having polycystic ovarian syndrome
- having excess belly fat
Type 2 Diabetes long term care and support
Over time type 2 diabetes can cause complications in the body – affecting the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and blood vessels. (See Long term complications, for more detailed information.)
The consequences can be severe, debilitating, and expensive to treat. They may even be life-threatening. So whether you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or have had it for some time, you need the very best support, advice and ongoing care.
At The London Diabetes Centre, that’s exactly what our team of diabetes specialists aims to provide.
Would you benefit from our diabetes service?
You certainly would if:
- You’re having problems managing your blood sugar
- You want to know more about diabetes and understand what’s happening to your health
- You have complex issues that need more time to discuss and solve
- You need a personalised approach and a team to back you up
- You need flexible appointments that can fit easily into your schedule
- You have side effects or problems with your medication for diabetes
- You’re interested in the newest therapies available
- You do sports with diabetes and need advice on glucose management during exercise
- If you are caring for a child with diabetes