11 Mar 6 Early Signs of Type 2 Diabetes and How to Fight Back
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Candice Hall, DC, and Wayne Greathouse, DC
March 11, 2020
Of the more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes, one in four don’t realize they have it. That means not enough people realize that the difficulties they’re living with are part of something bigger.
Considering that 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are type 2, it’s most important to understand and watch for the signs of this condition. Whereas type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin properly, type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to use insulin properly.
Cells fail to respond to insulin the way they should, and so the pancreas goes into overdrive, producing more insulin to try to fix the problem. Over time, that leads to high blood sugar, heart disease, kidney disease, and other problems.
While 14 years old is the peak age to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your chance of having type 2 diabetes increases at the age of 45. With the growing number of afflicted Americans, the need for early detection is greater than ever.
Fortunately, you don’t need to wait for your kidney to fail to know that something is wrong. Here are some early symptoms of type 2 diabetes, their causes, and what you can do to start fighting back. The sooner you know, the sooner you can take action and regain control of your life.
If you find yourself making more and more frequent trips to the bathroom, it could be a sign of things to come. When your pancreas overproduces insulin, it causes your blood sugar levels to increase. And too much blood sugar makes your kidneys work even harder to process all of the sugar. When your kidneys just aren’t able to handle the load, your body expels the leftover sugar through your urine. In its rush to get rid of that sugar, though, your body also dehydrates itself. So if you find yourself waking up frequently at night just to urinate and feeling dehydrated and sapped of energy, be sure to bring it up with your physician or your functional medicine doctor.
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