In 2019, India recorded 77 million diabetics, the second highest country count in the world. Starting off in the pancreas, diabetes throws off the body’s sugar  balance, either through insulin resistance, or through excess levels of insulin in the body. Being the most common type of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t use insulin properly, called insulin resistance.

It is necessary to note the signs your body provides, so make sure you’re on the lookout for these warning signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes:

1.     Dry mouth: Accompanied with feeling thirsty and dehydrated all the time, a mouth that feels cottony and uncomfortable is a sign that shouldn’t go unnoticed. This dryness can further cause chapped lips, tongue cuts and wounds, and even bleeding gums.

2.     Frequent urination: If you constantly feel the urge to empty your bladder, it could be a sign of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes puts extra pressure on the kidneys, making it difficult for the them to regulate blood glucose levels, thus letting it pass out as urine.

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3.     Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss is always a sign of worry. As the extra glucose passes out as urine, drastic weight loss can occur.

4.     Hunger:  Feeling like you’re starving all the time no matter how much you eat, is a common symptom of Type 2 diabetes. As the body’s cells fail to receive glucose, you may feel tired and hungrier than usual.

5.     Vision loss: Diabetes can cause partial to severe vision loss, as the blood vessels in the eye can be damaged by high blood sugar levels. Blurriness, swelling or temporary vision loss may also occur.

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