Diabetes, often called the silent killer. It strikes almost 24 million people across the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease—affecting approximately 90-percent of total diabetes sufferers.
The surefire way to test for diabetes is by getting your doctor to perform a blood sugar test. However, the following 15 symptoms are indicative that you may have type 2 diabetes…
1. Re-occurring Infections
Type 2 diabetes causes those suffering from the condition to live in an immune-suppressed state, which ultimately leaves them susceptibility to a variety of bacterial infections—such as yeast (or Candida) infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and skin rashes. Basically, “immunosuppression” means that the immune system is unable to fight off infection.
Yeast infections are among the most common because high blood sugar creates an environment that is favorable for yeast. “Glucose is fuel for yeast. The more that’s around, the more they can multiply,” says Mary Vouyiouklis Kellis, MD, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic to Women’s Health.
For the diabetic, infections are a constant concern since those suffering from the condition are more prone to developing infections due to high blood sugar levels wearing down the immune system and it’s ability to protect the body. Nerve damage, which also results due to low blood flow to the extremities (legs, feet, arms, hands) in some diabetic patients, can raise the risk of infection.