If you recognize the symptoms, don’t put off going to the doctor as early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes will not only help to beat the symptoms but will also help prevent the disease causing long term damage.

What are the signs of type 2?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes which may typically be noticed include:

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can develop very gradually over months or years and it’s important not to take these for granted.

If you have one or more of these symptoms over an extended period of time, speak to your doctor and ask if you can have a diabetes test carried out.

Further symptoms of type 2 diabetes

If type 2 diabetes is allowed to develop, untreated, over a number of years, the following symptoms may appear:

  • Loss of sensation and/or tingling in the feet –a possible sign of neuropathy
  • Dark spots in your vision – a possible sign of retinopathy

Neuropathy and retinopathy are two of the long term complications of diabetes.

Get an early diagnosis

If you have the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, it’s important to get a diagnosis as early as possible as this will enable your doctor to treat your diabetes and prevent additional health problems from developing.

Type 2 diabetes and risk factors

Some of us are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and may need to be particularly vigilant in looking out for the signs of diabetes.

The following factors indicate a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight
  • Having close family members with type 2 diabetes
  • Having previously had gestational diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure and/or cholesterol