Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), type 2 affects mostly adults. It is a group of diseases characterized by too much blood glucose levels. This is as a result of defects in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin.
Some Signs & Symptoms
• Frequent urination
•Extreme fatigue and Irritability
•Cuts/bruises that is slow to heal
•Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
•Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms
Complications of diabetes
Men: Inform yourself about complications like heart disease, nerve damage and kidney damage. Seek help if diabetes affects your sex life and your relationships.
Women: The prevalence of diabetes is at least 2 – 4 times higher among African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander women than among white women. The risk for diabetes also increases with age. Because of the increasing lifespan of women and the rapid growth of minority populations, the number of women in the United States at high risk for diabetes and its complications is increasing
Blood glucose Control/Management
A1C test; Get an overall picture of your average blood glucose for the past two to three months.
Check Your Blood Glucose: Keep a daily log and help your healthcare provider assess your diabetes treatment plan.
Blood Glucose Meters: Choose the best meter for your needs, and make sure you know how to use it correctly.
***See your Primary care provider