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20Jun

Hey people, one of the biggest shocks about developing type 2 diabetes for me was the fact that I was blissfully unaware at the time. I had no idea that I had a potentially life threatening condition and this is why it is so deadly. You know, there are millions of people out there in the big wide world who have exactly the same illness as me, except for one big difference – They do not even know it! And the longer that they live in ignorance, the more danger they are in. I hate to be a scaremonger, but how many of you are confident in the fact that you are diabetes-free? Have you checked your levels recently? And if not, why the hell haven’t you? I’m going to get on my soap box for a little bit here and talk about 4 very good reasons why you should get yourself checked out.

Reason 1 – High Blood Pressure

I have this condition, and I didn’t even know it until my recent medical. I had no idea and maybe you should go to your GP and ask for a full check-up. But if you already know about your high blood pressure, please get tested for type 2 as well. Because those with high BP have a higher chance of also having diabetes.

Reason 2 – Overweight

Okay, I put my hands up here because I am overweight, not massive, just a little on the porky side. If your BMI is higher than 25, and that will be quite a few of you guys and girls, your chances of having type 2 are increased.

Reason 3 – Age

Nobody can beat old father time, so if you are 45 or over, please get tested sooner rather than later.

Reason 4 – Family heritage and History

Diabetes runs in the family, so check your own family history and see if there is cause for concern. And those who have Asian, African-American, Hispanic, or Native American roots, please do the right thing and see your GP.

Some of the symptoms

Even though you may not be in any of the above groups, you may still have cause for worry here, so I’ll list the most obvious symptoms:

  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Urinating very frequently
  • Extreme thirst
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Sexual issues
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Wounds that will not heal quickly
  • Tendency to bruise easily
  • Tingling hands and feet

What can happen if you don’t find out in time

This is where you should sit up and pay some attention, because type 2 diabetes can be a deadly adversary if you don’t take precautions:

  • Blindness
  • Amputations
  • Seizures
  • Dementia
  • Death

So what are you waiting for?

Hey, even if you have none of these symptoms and feel healthy, what could be so hard about asking your GP to test you for type 2 diabetes? The chances are that at least one or two of you reading this article will have it and do not even know. Get tested – Get Smart!

 

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