Type 2 Diabetes was also known as adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is now the preferred name for this disorder as it can develop at any age, even children can have Type 2 Diabetes. Many people have no signs or symptoms or they can be so mild that you might not notice them.
People who are overweight and inactive are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Healthy eating and exercise are important in preventing this disease.
Nearly six million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes and do not know it.
Here is what to look for:
- increased thirst
- increased hunger
- increased urination, especially at night
- weight loss
- blurred vision
- sores that do not heal
Sometimes people have symptoms but do not understand that they can be signs of a serious disease and may put off being checked by a doctor. Very often people do not find out they have the disease until they have complications that concern them enough to see a doctor, such as blurry vision or chest pain. Early diagnosis is very important. Proper treatment can help prevent serious complications and damage to your health.
SOURCES:Canadian Diabetic Association; Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F.A. Davis Company, 1989