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Trying to Catch Type 2 Diabetes in the Early Stages

By Stephen R. Farris

Do you know the early signs of Type 2 diabetes? Left unchecked, or ignored, the result could lead to a series of other health problems, including the chance of being hospitalized or having to go through dialysis treatments.

Type 2 diabetes is more common in today's society, especially with many fast foods and highly processed foods containing sugar and added sugars. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels become higher than normal. 

Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Increase of appetite
  • Constant fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Dark patches on the skin
  • Wounds and cuts that are slow to heal
  • Tingling, numbness, and/or pain in the hands and/or feet
  • Itching and yeast infections

Catching type 2 diabetes in the early stages is important, as your primary physician can help treat it so it doesn't hamper your daily activities. Anyone is susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes, especially if you live an inactive lifestyle (usually referred to as sedentary lifestyle), eating unhealthy (such as consuming foods high in unhealthy fats, sugars, and drinking sugary drinks), family history of diabetes, or your medical history shows you to have -- or had -- gestational diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke. 

Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases after the age of 45, as well as being overweight. 

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are a few things you can do to reduce it. However, it may require evaluating your lifestyle and making a few changes. 

One of the reduction factors is to start getting more daily exercise. It doesn't have to be anything extreme, as long as you're exercising enough to get your heart rate up and your blood circulating. Another way to reduce type 2 diabetes is to change your diet and start eating healthier. Do away with foods high in sugar content and move towards including raw vegetables, fresh fruits, and lean cuts of meat into your daily diet.

When you do eat out, look over the menu and if there's nothing available to accommodate people with diabetes, you might ask your server if there's something off-menu that the chef can cook for you. They may say no, but it's worth a shot where your health is concerned. 

You'll also want to keep a regular check on your blood sugar levels to ensure they are staying close to normal. The main thing is to catch type 2 diabetes in the early stages and get started in treating it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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