Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder caused by deficiency in insulin secretion / action.

The following symptoms are common in diabetes. However, people with type 2 diabetes have some symptoms which are so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes includes:
  • Frequent Urination (Polyuria) – The body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in blood by excreting in the urine.
  • Excessive thirst (Polydypsia)
  • Excessive Hunger – Lack of insulin or insulin resistance in which the body cant convert the food into energy. This lack of energy causes hunger even though a person is eating his appropriate regular meals.
  • Extreme fatigue / Weakness
  • Blurry vision – Frequently occurs due to high blood glucose levels
  • Slow healing of Cuts/bruises/wounds
  • Unexplained Weight loss – People with diabetes are not able to process the food they eat. They may lose weight evn though they eat appropriate or even amount of food. Losing water and sugar in the urine and the accompanying dehydration also contributes to weight loss. This is majorly seen in Type 1 diabetes.
  • Neurological symptoms : Tingling, pain/ numbness in the hands/feet and toes. Tingling or burning feeling, pain while walking which may be worst at night, muscle weakness, difficulty in walking. This is majorly seen in Type 2 diabetes
  • Excessive Hunger – Lack of insulin or insulin resistance in which the body cant convert the food into energy. This lack of energy causes hunger even though a person is eating his appropriate regular meals.
  • Extreme fatigue / Weakness
  • Blurry vision – Frequently occurs due to high blood glucose levels
  • Slow healing of Cuts/bruises/wounds
  • Unexplained Weight loss – People with diabetes are not able to process the food they eat. They may lose weight evn though they eat appropriate or even amount of food. Losing water and sugar in the urine and the accompanying dehydration also contributes to weight loss. This is majorly seen in Type 1 diabetes.
  • Neurological symptoms : Tingling, pain/ numbness in the hands/feet and toes. Tingling or burning feeling, pain while walking which may be worst at night, muscle weakness, difficulty in walking. This is majorly seen in Type 2 diabetes
Other symptoms include:
  • Infections – Certain frequent yeast infections of the genitals, skin infections, itchy skin & Urinary tract infections. This can also be an indicator of poor glucose control.
  • Erectile dysfunction in Men, vaginal dryness and other sexual difficulties in women.
  • Altered mental status – Agitation, unexplained lethargy, Irritability, ketoacidosis.
  • Slow stomach emptying leading to nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.