There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, and type 2 diabetes develops when your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body becomes insulin resistant. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood, and people with a family history of the disease have a greater chance of developing it. Type 2 diabetes, which is caused by a combination of factors and is largely preventable, accounts for about 9 out of 10 cases of the disease.
People don’t always experience symptoms when they’re pre-diabetic or insulin-resistant or even during the initial phase of the disease itself. When symptoms do emerge, they can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
Other symptoms include rapid breathing, unusually bad breath, high blood pressure, and darkening skin around your neck or in your armpits. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see Dr. Morris.
Researchers don’t know exactly what makes some people more prone to type 2 diabetes, but there are several risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing the disease:
Eating right, getting regular exercise, and taking your diabetes medications exactly as prescribed are essential to maintaining optimal blood sugar levels and feeling good. If you’re overweight, shedding extra pounds can also go a long way in helping you control the condition. That’s because excess fat increases the degree to which your body is insulin resistant. Getting started on a medical weight loss plan as soon as possible is one of the best way to maintain control of your health and prevent the disease from progressing.