Doctor's Notes on Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where there is an elevated level of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream due to the body's inability to properly respond to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that allows the body to use glucose for energy. Elevated blood glucose levels are called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is different from type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin.
Early symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:
- erectile dysfunction,
- blurred vision, or
- numbness, tingling, or pain in the extremities.
Symptoms of poorly controlled or undiagnosed 2 diabetes may include:
- frequent urination,
- weight loss,
- frequent or slow healing skin sores,
- frequent infections,
- kidney infections, or
- urinary tract infections (UTIs).
What Is the Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes?
Some people with type 2 diabetes may be able to control their blood sugar through:
Medications are also frequently used to manage type 2 diabetes:
- Many classes of drugs have been shown to improve blood sugar control and reduce the likelihood of developing complications.
- Both oral and injectable medications are used, and combinations of medications are often prescribed.
- Insulin therapy may be beneficial as well.
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