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The Most Common Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Over 25 million people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes; however, the majority of individuals with diabetes are not aware they have the condition due to the fact that the symptoms, seem more like annoyances than signs of a dangerous condition. Your best hope is early diagnosis if you want to avoid serious diabetes complications, — such as kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve issues. Here are the 15 most common early warning signs of type 2 diabetes…

1. Numbness

Numbness that starts as a tingling in the hands, fingers, legs, and feet is often an early warning sign of diabetes. This occurs due to an increase in blood sugar levels, causing decreased blood flow to the extremities; and eventually damage to nerve fibers. For many, this numbness is often the first sign of any health issues.

Numbness from diabetes usually presents as a prickly, tingling, or painful sensation in the hands and feet that starts out minor at first, but as the nerve damage progresses over time, (and sometimes years), mild tingling can become chronic and quite painful, involving motor and sensory function as well as autonomic and involuntary nervous system responses with sudden and painful numbness in the fingers, toes, feet, hands, legs, and arms, which is sometimes accompanied by muscle wasting of the hands and feet.

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