Important Information on Diabetes
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. One in four cases of adult diabetes goes undiagnosed.
Too many men are reticent to discuss their health with a loved one. They often ignore important signals, including conditions like diabetes. Unfortunately this mindset has resulted in shorter, less healthy lives compared to women.
CONSULT A DOCTOR
Do these symptoms happen to you?
The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. Note, however, that some people with Type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild they go unnoticed for a long period of time.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you have just eaten
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)
Before adults develop type 2 diabetes, they generally experience higher blood glucose levels, though perhaps not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so you may have it and not know it. One does not necessarily develop type 2 diabetes if one has prediabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. This adult-onset form occurs when your body’s blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal because it does not use insulin properly (may be called insulin resistance or hyperglycemia).
Living with Diabetes
Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Balancing the foods you eat with proper exercise and medicine, when prescribed, will help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in a healthy range. And know this: many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.