What is insulin?
Your body turns the food you eat into blood glucose (blood sugar). Insulin tells your cells to absorb this blood glucose to use for energy.
What is Type-2 Diabetes?
Type-2 Diabetes occurs when your body either resists the effects of insulin or does not make enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level.
How do you know if you have Type-2 diabetes?
Not everyone has symptoms. Your provider can give you a simple blood test to see if you have Type-2 Diabetes. Visit your provider if you have any of these symptoms:
- Increased sugar cravings
- Increased belly weight
- Blurry vision
- Increased thirst or need to pee
- Feeling tired or ill
- Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
- Loss of feeling or tingling feet
What are the effects of Type-2 Diabetes?
- Damage to nerves and blood vessels can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.
- Sores on the skin can become easily infected.
- Poor circulation in arms and legs can lead to loss of limbs.
- Problems during pregnancy and birth defects can occur.
Type-2 Diabetes is a very serious health condition. Your provider can help you manage your Type-2 Diabetes.