Adults make up the largest population of people with type 2 diabetes. They have insulin resistance, which means that their bodies don’t use insulin properly. As a result, type 2 diabetics must change their lifestyle, watch what they eat, exercise and take their medication (if prescribed by a doctor) in order to control diabetes.
Who Is At Risk?
People who have or are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes:
- Are 55 or older
- Are African-American or Latino (the risk is twice as high as it is for White people)
- Have a close relative (parent, brother, or sister) who has diabetes
- Are overweight or don’t exercise
- Have a history of high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol
However, children and young adults have been getting type 2 diabetes in the past few years because they consume a lot of fat and sugar and don’t exercise enough. Healthy living is important in preventing diabetes in not only adults but in children, as well.
Symptoms of Type 2
Adults who develop type 2 diabetes may display the following symptoms:
- Overwhelming thirst that does not go away.
- Frequent and/or uncontrollable urination
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing infections
- Impotence in men
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, call a doctor. Diabetes can be treated, but it can also do damage to your body if the symptoms are ignored.