What is type 2 diabetes?
Types 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s inability to make enough or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that triggers body cells to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy. Type 2 diabetes is a result of insulin resistance and can occur when the body produces plenty of insulin, but the insulin cannot do its job. For some reason, the cells in the body have become resistant to insulin. In most cases, being overweight or obese for a period of time brings on the insulin resistance. So scientists suspect that some people have a genetic predisposition, that their particular genes make them more likely to develop type 2 diabetes under certain conditions. such as aging, weight gain, or an inactive lifestyle. About 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2.
What are the warning signs of type 2 diabetes?
Some people with type 2 don’t have obvious signs, but they could have any of the following symptoms:
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts that are slow to heal
- Tingling and/or numbness in hands or feet
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatique
Source: Tell me what to eat if I have diabetes, by Elaine Magee