As you probably know, type 2 diabetes occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin or stops producing enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes can happen to anyone, especially people at a higher risk for diabetes such as those who are overweight, lead an inactive lifestyle and have a family history of diabetes.
If you’ve done any type of research into diabetes or know someone with the disease, you’re probably aware of common symptoms such as unexpected weight loss, an increase in thirst and frequency of urination, and blurred vision. But did you know that darkened skin and sleeping issues are also signs of diabetes?
You may have or be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:
- Take a lot of daytime naps, which is indicative of sleep problems such as sleep apnea, a condition often experienced by people with diabetes.
- Experience unusual sensations such as tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
- Have a breath odor that is fruity, sweet or acetone.
- Have frequent yeast infections, oral thrush or jock itch.
- Have problems with sex such as pain during sex and a decreased libido.
- Have frequent UTIs or were recently diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome.)
- Have darkened skin around creases in the skin such as in the neck area or the back of knees.
- Have wounds that are slow to heal or won’t heal at all.
Do any of these symptoms seem familiar? If so, you should schedule an appointment with your medical provider as soon as possible. Though most of these symptoms are also indicative of other conditions or are conditions that can exist on their own without the presence of other diseases, they could still serve as warning signs of another underlying issue. Request your appointment with an EliteCare provider now.