Type diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body is not able to use the hormone insulin properly. It affects around 29 million Americans, and is caused by high blood sugar levels, often the result of poor diet and exercise. Here are some of the early signs and symptoms of this popular health disorder.

Frequent Urination

According to Everyday Health , when there is extra glucose in the blood, the kidneys attempt to flush it out. As a result, patients will see an increase in urine production and the urge to use the bathroom.

Extreme Thirst

A further result of increased urination is increased liquid loss, which can lead to increased thirst and dehydration. In addition, patients may notice that their mouth feels more dry than usual.

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Increased Hunger

Increased hunger is another early sign of Type 2 diabetes. According to Everyday Health, in people with type 2 diabetes, insulin doesn’t work well in the body. This means the pancreas put out a lot more of it to try and compensate. As a result, this increased amount of insulin in the body sends messages to the brain that the body needs more food, even though this is not actually true.

Nerve Pain or Numbness

Over time, many diabetic can develop something known as diabetic neuropathy due to nerve damage caused by high sugar exposure. This condition first presents itself as inexplicable pain and numbness in the feet.

Blurred Vision

Blurred vision is also a common early sign of type 2 diabetes. At first, it can be hard for the body to adapt to changes in blood sugar, and as a result blurred vision is common during the early stages of diabetes. After the body gets used to new higher blood sugar levels, vision will return to normal.

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