At AgeFocus, we offer numerous services that make you Look, Feel, & Act Younger. One of the many services we provide are weight management programs including medically supervised weight management and hCG medically supervised weight loss. Both services include a comprehensive medical exam where we test for certain things like blood sugar levels, hormone levels, and lipids so we can truly understand what is going on within your body.
One thing that we have noticed with a lot of patients that come through our doors is the fact that many of them are diabetic, or “pre-diabetic”, and weren’t aware. Ken Weiss, blogger for Men’s Health Cures, has put together a list of some of the most common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. We have read through this list and feel sharing this list with our patients or potential patients can help them to start noticing these signs before they come see us.
Six Common Symptoms and Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
• Always thirsty. In a healthy person, your kidneys are able to take up glucose (sugar) from your blood and other bodily fluids. In people with Diabetes they have too much blood glucose in their body, and the kidneys are unable to remove the build up of sugar. This build up of sugar in your blood prevents water from being absorbed back into your body which causes frequent thirst and your need to frequently drink water to quench your thirst. This is one reason people who are always thirsty or seem to suddenly start drinking a lot of water should be screened for Type 2 Diabetes or its precursor called Pre-Diabetes.
• Frequent urination. As glucose builds up in the body and the liver and muscles are unable to take up all the sugar floating around in your blood, your body uses various methods to remove the excess sugar. One efficient way to rid the body of excess sugar is through frequent urination.
• Dry mouth. People with Type 2 Diabetes often complain of dry mouth, called Xerostomia. Similar to frequent thirst, dry mouth from Type 2 Diabetes is due to water and moisture not being absorbed back into the body. If not treated, dry mouth can cause cavities and bleeding gums, due to the lack of saliva in the mouth. Since the human mouth is full of bacteria, bleeding gums allows bacteria in the mouth to enter the body and blood stream, where it can cause heart disease and a host of other health issues.
• Vision problems. A common symptom or warning sign that a person has developed Type 2 Diabetes is sudden worsening of vision or blurred vision. High blood sugar leads to a thickening of the blood, which can cause the lens of the eye to swell and become curved. This curvature of the eye lens causes blurry vision. By getting your blood glucose level down quickly, blurry vision can be reversed before any permanent eye damage occurs. Type 2 Diabetes can also be detected from vision problems related to damaged blood vessels or the optic nerve in the back of your eye. This condition, called retinopathy, can lead to permanent vision problems or even blindness if not treated quickly.
• Always hungry. If you eat a big meal, yet a short time later you are hungry again, you may want to be screened for Type 2 Diabetes. When your levels of insulin, the hormone that takes up sugar from blood to nourish cells, tissue and muscle, are either too high, called insulin resistance, or insulin is too low your body may crave energy to help it function properly and a symptom of this insulin imbalance, due to Type 2 Diabetes, is feeling hungry even after a meal.
• Weight loss. If you seem to eat a lot, yet are losing weight, this may be a serious condition that requires medical attention. In the case of Type 2 Diabetes, if your body is unable to process and metabolize blood sugar to fuel the body, it will look for alternative fuel sources, primarily fat and muscle, which can lead to either gradual or sudden weight loss. By getting your blood sugar levels back to normal, the lost weight will be restored over time. If your body has used muscle to feed itself, you may want to consider a muscle building program which serves two important roles for a diabetic. It helps the body convert sugar, not muscle, for food and it helps you rebuild lost muscle mass that your body used for food.
If you noticed that you have any of these symptoms, give us a call at 631-243-3628 and schedule an appointment. We’ll help you figure out what the best course of action will be including a low-glycemic nutritional plan or even hCG to help fight obesity.
Ken Weiss is a health blogger passionate about natural health cures and tips for men over age 40. You can find more about natural men’s health, including articles and men’s health product reviews at www.menshealthcures.com