0834 GMT October 22, 2018
It also helps the body’s cells take glucose from the blood which it then turns into energy, express.co.uk reported.
The condition is often caused by a person being overweight or obese, but many people with type 2 diabetes won’t realize 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 fibers are then damaged or disappear,” explained 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.
“Increased thirst in people with diabetes can sometimes be, but certainly not always, an indication of higher than normal blood glucose levels,” explains Diabetes.co.uk.
Health guidelines recommend drinking six to eight glasses of fluid a day.
Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count.
But if you feel thirsty all the time or your thirst is stronger than usual and continues even after you drink, it can be a sign that not all is well inside your body.
Distinguishing symptoms of polydipsia are recognized as having persistent and unexplained thirst, regardless of how much you drink.
Passing more than five liters of urine a day can also be an indicator of polydipsia.
Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes, according to the NHS, can include:
● Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
● Losing weight without trying to
● Feeling very tired
● Cut or wounds taking longer to heal
Those diagnosed with the condition, plus those looking to prevent it, are advised to make simple changes to their diet, such as counting the amount of carbohydrates they eat.
A healthy diet will help control blood sugar levels, and a recent study revealed a certain drink for breakfast can be beneficial.