Nutrition & Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Posted on: September 14, 2011


This week’s http://www.foodpicker.org question is: Diabetes runs in my family and I think this puts me at risk.  Could you tell me what are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

According to the American Dietetic Association, the “common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, increased thirst and urination, infections and cuts that don’t heal, blurred vision, hunger and weight loss.”

Diabetes affects millions of people.  Yet many people do not even know they have diabetes.

It is better to know as soon as possible if you have diabetes so you can start managing it.  If diabetes goes untreated, it can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney disease, foot problems, and blindness.  If you think you have type 2 diabetes, it would be best to talk to your doctor and get the proper diagnosis.

Moderate weight loss, regular physical activity, and making dietary changes like increasing whole grains, and reducing calories and fat in the diet can help manage or reduce the risk of diabetes.

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Iris M. Pacheco, MS, RD, LD/N

This was a blog I wrote during 2010-2011 while I was a dietetics and nutrition student.

Through this blog I volunteered to answer questions from people with diabetes that were submitted to http://www.FOODPICKER.org.

FOODPICKER.org is a website that helps people with diabetes make better food choices. It holds of large databases of food items and gives recommendations on which foods to have "More Often," "In Moderation," or "Less Often."

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