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December 9, 2021

Learn How to Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which there is too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. People with diabetes have what is known as insulin resistance, meaning they have excess glucose in the blood that reduces the cells’ ability to absorb and use blood sugar for energy. 

If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to a host of issues  involving the circulatory, immune response, and nervous systems. But how do you know if you have it?

Dr. Jennifer Jung, a family medicine specialist with Steward Primary Care, says several early signs may indicate that someone may have Type 2 diabetes, including urinating more than usual, being exceptionally thirsty, and constantly being tired. If left untreated, Type 2 diabetes can also lead to blurred vision, weight loss, and neuropathy – or numbness in your fingers, toes, hands, and feet.

“While a diagnosis of diabetes may seem somewhat overwhelming at first, there are simple steps you can take to get your blood sugars under control,” said Dr. Jung.
“Working closely with your doctor and watching your sugar intake will help. Eating a balanced diet of lean proteins, leafy vegetables, and healthy starches as well as getting plenty of physical activity will also make a huge difference.”

A family history of diabetes, being overweight or obese can predispose someone to developing the condition. But Dr. Jung is quick to point out that Type 2 diabetes is not a death sentence.

“If managed properly, people with Type 2 diabetes can lead long and healthy lives,” she said. 

For more questions about diabetes, make an appointment with Dr. Jung today by visiting: https://bit.ly/3dyYvVJ