Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than four million people in the UK, and 90 percent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. You could be at risk of high blood sugar if you start passing more urine than normal, if you develop persistent thirst, or persistent hunger.
Type 2 diabetes could be caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Without enough of the hormone, the body struggled to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
It’s crucial that if you think you may have diabetes, you speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
You may be at risk of the condition if you start using the loo more often than normal.
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“The symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop slowly,” Dr Vas told Express Health.
“Many individuals are asymptomatic with the condition often picked up incidentally or during health check-ups.
“The three most common symptoms include increased thirst, a higher frequency of urination [especially at night] and increased hunger.
“Less well recognised symptoms include unintended weight loss, constant fatigue, blurry vision, headaches, and frequent infections such as thrush or skin infections or wounds that take time to heal.”
Many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, because the signs and symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Diagnosing the condition early is very important, because patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
You could lower your risk of diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week.