It was over two and a half decades ago that I started to notice I had excessive thirst, feeling very tired and was craving food because I felt hungry all the time. I knew that something wasn’t right.
After having some blood work done, the results showed that I was showing the Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2. As a result I was prescribed oral medication which I took for 26 years and also had to take insulin for the last 16 years.
Type 2 Diabetes develops slowly and the symptoms may go unnoticed for a long time, or may be attributed to something else. For instance excessive thirst may be attributed to a hot summer and being tired may be assigned to overwork and stress.
Therefore it’s important to be aware of what the Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2 are so that you can take the appropriate actions and get it checked if you have any of the following symptoms.
Some other Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Numbness in the hands or feet
- Recurring infections
- Sores or cuts that won’t heal
- Excessive urination
- Dry mouth
Vaginal and yeast infections are a common occurrence in women, and in men they occur in the groin. Yeast infections can also occur on the skin.
We’ve been told that Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin. As a result the glucose builds up in the blood stream, and so we need to take medications. However Diabetes Type 2 is not a disease of too little insulin. It’s just the opposite. Type 2 Diabetes is a disease of having too much insulin.
The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
In Type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin so an individual having Type 1 Diabetes would need to be injected with insulin. With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas is producing too much insulin, but the receptor sites on the cells fail to respond to insulin. This is known as Insulin Resistance. The other name for Type 2 Diabetes is non insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus. As Type 2 diabetes gets worse, the pancreas may make less & less insulin. This is called insulin deficiency.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by having a healthy lifestyle, eating a whole food plant based diet, maintaining a healthy weight, & exercising regularly.
Here’s how this works.
When a person consumes food – carbohydrates like bread, grains, pasta, juice, cereals, pastries, desserts and excess protein, they are easily broken down to glucose, which is a sugar. As a result there is a rise in blood sugar levels which creates a huge problem for the body. The body has to remove it from the bloodstream as quickly as it can.
So the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin which transports the glucose to the receptor sites on the cell which then allows the glucose to enter the cell. The job of insulin is to pull the glucose out of the bloodstream into the cells where it can be used for energy by the body. When this happens the glucose in the body returns to normal.
Here’s where the problem arises.
However when a person consumes a huge amount of carbohydrates, not only does the blood sugar rise, but so will the insulin because the pancreas will secrete more insulin to counteract it. When this occurs over and over again the receptor sites on the cells stop responding to the insulin in the bloodstream and won’t allow the glucose to enter into the cell. Why?
Just imagine if you had a friend who talked incessantly. After a while the tendency is to tune the person out. The same thing takes place with the cells. They are being constantly bombarded by insulin to let the glucose in after eating a lot of carbs. Eventually they get desensitized.
As a result the glucose levels in the blood stream stays high, and so do the high levels of insulin, because the pancreas is producing more insulin to try and bring the levels of glucose down.
Do you see that the problem of high blood sugar is not the issue? High levels of insulin is the cause of high blood sugar levels because the cells are not responding to the signal that insulin is sending them to allow the glucose to enter into the cell.
Hence giving a person more insulin not only doesn’t solve the problem, but tells the pancreas not to produce any more insulin because there’s already enough insulin being administered to the body through the use of medications. This can result in eventually shutting down the production of insulin by the pancreas, and the person ends up becoming a Type 1 Diabetic who needs insulin.
It may take years before this process of insulin resistance occurs.You can now see why an individual can be prediabetic for years and not know it.
Here’s the good news.
Maybe you are wondering: Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
The answer is that Type 2 Diabetes is lifestyle related and can be reversed. You can receive my free special report on “Busting The Myths About Diabetes” here. www.howtoreversediabetesnaturallynow.com/myths
I hope that this article on the Symptoms of Diabetes Type 2 has been informative and helpful.
Remember that at your core you are magnificent, powerful and awesome.
To your optimum health,
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