Warning signs usually wake us up and the warning signs of diabetes are no different. In my opinion, the warning signs of type 2 diabetes can be like a silent storm.
The reason why I say a silent storm is because sometimes there are unsettling things going on that you don’t even notice. But sometimes you do have those warning signs that may get you to go see a physician. And for many, a physical exam is well overdue.
So what are the warning signs of diabetes? Well I’ll give you the generic ones. The ones that everyone will probably tell you to look out for. And then I will give you the “real” warning signs. Because I think most of us humans are wired in such a way that we only take action when things get so bad that they’re painful. But I suggest a more proactive approach.
Warning Signs Of Diabetes
Here are the common warning signs. These are the warning signs and diabetes symptoms that most of the doctors that I work with have said that they listen for. If someone comes in with maybe flu like symptoms but then starts to say they have noticed:
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger
- Increased urination, especially during the night hours
- Weight loss
- Blurry vision
- Sores that take a long time to heal or don’t heal
Now the above are warning signs that something isn’t right in the body. But in my opinion the “real” warning signs of type 2 diabetes are the following:
- Obesity, being overweight
- Lack of exercise
To me, these two signal that if we don’t make some changes, not only will we have to worry about type 2 diabetes, but a whole slew of other health problems. Let’s dissect each one and how they relate to type 2 diabetes. Because if you have these two handled, there’s less to worry about when it comes to type 2 diabetes.
If you’re overweight, especially that pear-shaped abdominal area (visceral fat), you’re probably at risk for insulin resistance. Now although insulin resistance doesn’t always result in type 2 diabetes, for the most part type 2 diabetes almost always presents with insulin resistance. So just by losing weight around the midsection, you can reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes.
Lack of exercise is a big one. If you’re a couch potato you are setting yourself up for type 2 diabetes. Why? Because being a couch potato is usually the next domino to fall right after poor diet when it comes to developing type 2 diabetes. Just think about athletes or anyone who is extremely active. It’s harder to be type 2 diabetic if you’re active. In fact, many athletes are guilty of having the worst diets out there. But they usually feel they can eat whatever they want so long as they stay active.
I can go on and on about how lack of exercise contributes to type 2 diabetes. In fact, it’s the reason why so many type 2 diabetics are now kids these days. Before the 1990’s this was unheard of. Kids who were diagnosed with diabetes almost always had type 1. But with the rates of kid’s obesity these days this is no longer the case.
Now 50% of kids diagnosed with diabetes has type 2. Scary! All because of decreased activity these days, not to mention poor diet.
Prior to using any of this information, please consult with your physician.