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How Type 2 Diabetes Can Damage Your Body

Type 2 diabetes has been known to cause various health complications. It’s important to educate yourself on the signs, so that you can spot the symptoms.

Type 2 diabetes has several causes – genetics, lifestyle and insulin resistance. That being said, it may run in your family and you may be more prone to get it. Other factors are being overweight and lacking physical activity. It’s important to monitor your nutrition, exercise and stay hydrated.

Blurred vision, tingling sensations in the feet, kidney damage and increased risk for cardiovascular disease are just some of the many ways type 2 diabetes can damage your body.

Talk to your doctor about how you can reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Continue reading for the signs of type 2 diabetes and how it can damage your body.

Risk for Heart Attack

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Heart disease is a common risk factor for type 2 diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, “adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes.” Diabetes is considered one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Kidney Damage

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According to research, high levels of blood sugar cause the kidneys to filter too much blood. This is causing overworked kidneys and waste buildup in the blood, which may result in kidney failure.

Repeated Infections

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Individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes encounter more frequent infections. According to research, “the greater frequency of infections in diabetic patients is caused by the hyperglycemic environment that favors immune dysfunction (e.g., damage to the neutrophil function, depression of the antioxidant system, and humoral immunity), micro- and macro-angiopathies, neuropathy, decrease in the antibacterial activity of urine, gastrointestinal and urinary dysmotility.”

Tingling/Pain in Hands, Feet, Legs

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People who have type 2 diabetes may experience a tingling sensation in their hands, feet and legs. This is a result of nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy, which is caused by uncontrolled blood sugar.

Fatigue

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When your blood sugar fluctuates, you may feel extremely tired. Many people that suffer from type 2 diabetes may also experience fatigue due to lack of exercise, sleep and stress. *Also See: 10 Reasons Why You Are Tired all of the Time

 

Dry and Cracked Skin

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Individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes often find themselves itching their skin. This in turn causes dry and cracked skin to occur. It also reduces the blood flow to the skin, which can result in a number of skin complications.

Frequent Urination

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When you’re constantly feeling dehydrated, you’re drinking an excessive amount of water which leads to frequent urination. This is also a process in which your body tries to rid excess glucose.

Extreme Thirst

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Regardless to how much you drink, you are constantly left feeling dehydrated. This is because when there is too much glucose in your blood your tissues get dehydrated, then they sent a message to your brain telling you that you need to drink more.

Blurred Vision

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Blurred vision is a common sign of diabetes mellitus and is usually one of the first warning signs of the disease. It causes the inability to see details and loss of the sharpness of vision. You may also get blurred vision when you first begin your insulin treatment.