Type 2 Diabetes Q&A

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diabetes-blood-testWhether a family member has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or you’re concerned that you may be impacted by this disease, you likely have a lot of questions about the ins and outs of this condition.

Because it’s easy to let your mind jump to a worst case scenario, the best thing you can do for your peace of mind is get as many answers as possible. Let’s look at answers to some of the questions that may be on your mind:

 

What Exactly is Type 2 Diabetes?

This condition can mean one of two things. Either someone’s pancreas can’t produce the amount of insulin their body needs, or their body is unable to properly utilize the insulin that is produced. The difference between this and type 1 diabetes is with the latter, no insulin is produced at all. That’s why people with type 1 diabetes have to take insulin shots. While some people with type 2 diabetes do require insulin therapy, others are fine without it.

What Causes This Condition?

An interesting fact about type 2 diabetes is even though it’s the most common form of diabetes, the exact cause of this disease hasn’t been pinpointed. Researchers believe that genetics are the biggest risk factor. That’s why anyone with a history of type 2 diabetes in their family should be screened on a regular basis. Other studies have found that factors including lack of exercise, high blood pressure, obesity and large amounts of alcohol can all increase the likelihood of someone developing this problem. Additionally, 45 and up is the age group with the highest overall risk factor.


What are the Signs and Symptoms?

As previously mentioned, anyone with a family history of type 2 diabetes should be screened by their doctor. Other signs of this disease are slow healing sores, developing urinary tract infections on a regular basis, experiencing numbness in the extremities, lack of energy, vision blurriness, going to the bathroom more than normal, and constantly feeling hungry or thirsty. Although no one wants to develop this disease, it is worth noting that the tests doctors use are simple, well-established and very accurate. Since steps can be taken to combat this condition, knowledge is definitely power.

Is There a Cure or Treatment Options?

Although there’s currently not a cure for type 2 diabetes, there are many strategies that can be used to help control this disease. Medication is one option that can be the right fit. Prescriptions like Actoplus Met can help people keep their blood sugar levels under control. Regardless of whether or not someone takes medication for this condition, eating well will play a huge part in helping them manage, as well as allowing them to feel as good as possible on a daily basis.

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This is a guest post.  Lily Vincent is a blogger for www.northwestpharmacy.com which cover multiple areas of health.

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