Type 2 diabetes can affect men and women, kids and adults, the healthy and unhealthy. While everyone can be affected, symptoms can vary by age and by sex. Women are more likely to head to the doctor if they are not feeling well, and men, well, not so much. This is why it is important for men (and the women in their lives) to know the symptoms and warning signs of type 2 diabetes. While not all warning signs will happen to every man, suffering from more than one of the symptoms on this list should lead to a doctor’s visit.
As we age, our bladder control lessens. Over the age of 40 bladder control becomes a little less controllable, and while this is natural, you still need to head to the doctor if you are urinating often. If you are waking up three or more times per night, you need to head to the doctor. Also, enlarged prostate glands can cause frequent urination, so it is good to rule that out along with type 2 diabetes.
Being tired is normal when you have a lot of stress or have worked a long day. Being tired is not normal when you have had an easy day and have slept good the night before. This is a warning symptom that is easy to spot in men who are always on the go.
Many things can cause blurred vision, and it is always recommended to consult your doctor if you are suffering from blurred vision without a warning or change in habits. While vision changes with age – and children who watch a lot of tv and are on the computer have a higher risk of vision issues – fast onset vision issues are not normal.
Losing weight is tough, and many of us wish we could lose weight easily. For those who are losing weight without trying, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes. While some contribute type 2 diabetes to obese people, weight loss is a major warning sign of a blood sugar imbalance.
Hand or Foot Numbness
Nerve damage and pain can hit, and for those of us who type a lot (or knit, or crochet, or work with our hands generally) it is common. However, hand and foot numbness without joint swelling or an injury can be a sign of type 2 diabetes. Diabetic Nerve Pain can be debilitating, but there are treatments available to help lessen symptoms.
Infections That Do Not Heal
Poor healing is a sign of type 2 diabetes, and if you are battling a cold, the flu, a stomach issue, or even trying to heal a shaving nick to no avail, you should consult your doctor. This is an easy sign to notice, but it is also one that is most frequently ignored.