Many Americans receive a type-2 diabetes diagnosis. Yet, there are several red flags that you can be aware of and take preventative measures against. Suzy Cohen of Rodale Wellness discusses these red flags.

Thirst, and not being able to quench thirst.

Your brain needs water to function properly. If you don’t drink enough it will begin to draw moisture from other cells in the body. Of course, this can mean going to the bathroom more, but this also means your kidneys are filtering more sugars out of your body too.

Weight loss, despite a healthy appetite.

Have you noticed that you have been losing weight, even though you eat a lot? Cohen says that this is due to an imbalance of hormones in the body, which can make you feel hungry. Even though you eat, you still lose weight because you are losing muscle, which is denser than fat.

Increased instances of infection

People with type-2 diabetes see infections more often. They are harder to cure because of antibiotic resistance. Skin infections and wounds have a tougher time healing.  

Dermatological issues

Problems with your skin can develop with type-2 diabetes. This can occur in areas where the skin folds or creases. The armpits are an example. You may notice a patch of dark skin. Skin tags are another sign. These mean that your body is making more insulin because of increased blood sugars.

Vision problems

Blurred vision occurs because the body pulls fluid from body tissues to deal with higher  blood sugars.This includes your eyes. Free radicals also damage the capillaries in your eyes.

Fatigue and low energy

Tiredness and chronic exhaustion are connected to diabetes. This is because the glucose from your food isn’t making it to your body’s cells, which amounts to less energy.

Nerve damage

You may notice tingling in the hands and feet, which is called neuropathy. It happens when your body gets too much glucose, and damages nerve endings.

Want to learn more about the red flags of type-2 diabetes?  Read the full article here:  “7 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes.”