Type 2 diabetes is a serious chronic health condition that affects more than 33 million American adults (that’s about 1 in 10!), yet 20% of adults with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. The biggest reason type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed is because not everyone knows what to look out for. Knowing the warning signs can lead to early diagnosis, lowering your risk of complications.

Here are some signs that you may have type 2 diabetes:

1. Frequent trips to the restroom.

One of the most common and noticeable signs of type 2 diabetes is the increased need to urinate. If you find yourself using the restroom more than normal, especially at night, this may be a sign that you have type 2 diabetes.

2. Increased thirst.

Feeling thirstier than normal, even if you’re drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day? It might be linked to type 2 diabetes. If you are using the restroom more often, your body is losing more liquid than normal, leaving you feeling thirsty.

3. Unexpected or unplanned weight loss.

Type 2 diabetes can cause you to lose weight, even if you are not trying to. You should always talk to your medical provider about unexpected weight loss, no matter what.

4. Increased hunger.

If you are always feeling hungry, even if you are eating enough, it could be a sign of type 2 diabetes. This is because your cells are not getting enough energy due to your body’s inability to use the sugar in the foods you eat.

5. Feeling tired all the time.

We all feel a little fatigued from time to time, but if you are feeling tired for an extended period, no matter how much sleep you get each night, you should speak with your provider to make sure nothing serious is going on.

6. Blurry vision.

High blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes can cause issues with your vision, and blurred vision is often one of the first symptoms to show up. If you are having issues seeing, schedule an appointment with your provider to get checked out.

7. Numbness or tingling.

Type 2 diabetes has been known to cause numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. This can be caused by nerve damage due to blood sugar levels being too high for a long period of time.

8. Infections that will not go away.

People who have type 2 diabetes are at risk of infections, including urinary tract infections, skin infections and yeast infections. If you notice that you have an infection that will not go away or one that keeps coming back no matter what you do, this could be a sign of type 2 diabetes, and you should talk with your provider as soon as possible.

9. Slow healing wounds.

Type 2 diabetes can prevent the body from healing wounds and infections the way it should. If you notice a scab or bruise that is taking too long to heal or will simply not go away no matter how long it has been, it may be a sign you have type 2 diabetes.

10. Darkened skin patches.

It is not uncommon for those who have type 2 diabetes to develop darkened skin patches. These patches usually show up in the underarm, neck and groin areas. This is often a sign of insulin resistance, which can be caused by type 2 diabetes.

While having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have type 2 diabetes, it’s always a good idea to talk to your provider about any health concerns you have. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-580-1060.

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