What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Test

It is estimated that there are currently 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of these cases. It is also predicted that 1.1 million people have diabetes and don’t even know it.

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Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a condition that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar we use as a source of energy. Once glucose is released from the food we eat and enters the bloodstream, your body releases a hormone called insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body responds abnormally to the insulin produced, creating a resistance. This means that unused glucose can build up in your bloodstream causing high blood sugar levels.

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

With less obvious symptoms than Type 1 diabetes, people who have Type 2 diabetes may be unaware. Type 2 diabetes symptoms can develop relatively slowly and therefore can often go unnoticed for an extended period of time. However, the most common symptoms are:

  • Increased thirst
  • Passing water more often, especially at night
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Genital itching and regular instances of thrush

Recognising diabetes in the early stages of development can delay or prevent other more serious, long-term complications. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, ease your mind with a simple blood test which can diagnose diabetes at your local LloydsPharmacy.

During 2018 we will be hosting roadshows around the UK where you can get tested for Type 2 Diabetes. Find out if there is free screening near you, as well as dates, using our roadshow map.

 

 

Type 2 diabetes is a lot more common than Type 1 diabetes as it is not caused by an autoimmune disease where the body fights against its own healthy cells. There are a number of risk factors that can lead to the development of the condition:

  • As we age, our risk increases, especially for over 40s. This can be attributed to the fact that, as we get older, the pancreas begins to produce insulin less effectively. Also, bodily resistance to insulin can increase.
  • Genetics is also big factor. For example, if you have a close relative with the condition, such as a parent or sibling, your risk increases.
  • Poor diet and lifestyle choices hugely impact health and increase the likelihood of having Type 2 diabetes, including lack of exercise and being overweight or obese. Browse healthy diet and lifestyle advice here.

 

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Type 2 diabetes can be effectively managed with regular blood glucose testing. This can be done using simple tests that require a small fingerprick sample of blood. You can monitor your levels quickly and conveniently at home with our range of testing kits online.

Type 2 diabetes treatment typically involves medication that helps to maintain a normal blood sugar level. This medication is normally lifelong and will also help prevent any further long-term complications of diabetes, including high blood pressure and reduced blood circulation to the feet. The type of medication and dosage varies widely and is often dependent on individual needs; you will be recommended the most suitable medicines for you by your GP.

 

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Type 2 Diabetes Tests

You can now identify your potential risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with our simple online assessments; we have tests for both men and women. Before you begin, you will need your waist measurement in centimetres (cm) and Body Mass Index (BMI).

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If you would rather talk to a health care professional face-to-face or even discuss your online assessment results, you can now book an appointment online for our instore Type 2 diabetes screening service.

 

 

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