TYPE 2 diabetes symptoms can be hard to detect because they don’t necessarily make you feel ill. But being able to recognise the warning signs will help you avoid serious complications from happening. One indicator of the condition is a certain feeling in the hands or feet.
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Insulin regulates how the body uses and stores sugar (glucose) and fat.
It also helps the body’s cells take glucose from the blood which it then turns into energy.
The condition is often caused by a person being overweight or obese, but many people with type 2 diabetes won’t realise they have it because symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
If it’s left untreated, serious complications can occur, such as kidney problems and nerve damage.
One warning sign to watch out for is evident in the hands or feet.
Tingling pain, or numbness felt in these parts of the body can indicate the condition, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Diabetes can cause neuropathy – a long-term complication which affects the nerves – as a result of high blood glucose levels damaging the small blood vessels which supply the nerves.
“This prevents essential nutrients reaching the nerves. The nerve fibres are then damaged or disappear,” explains Diabetes UK.
Another symptom of type 2 diabetes to note is drinking a lot of water, but how much is a lot of water?
People with type 2 diabetes may develop polydipsia, which is the term given to excessive thirst.