Do you know someone who has type 2 diabetes? Since millions of Americans have it, it is not surprising that most people have friends, family members, or both who have type 2 diabetes. You may wonder how they developed the condition. Did they just know that something was wrong inside their bodies? Some people have very good intuition that way. They feel unwell and immediately visit the doctor to determine why, because they are certain that something isn’t going right.

But for others, type 2 diabetes crept up on them. They felt unwell also, but it started off slowly and was possibly brushed aside. It is easy to ignore symptoms which aren’t too uncomfortable. Sometimes you blame symptoms on other things. For instance you might find yourself feeling easily confused from time to time, and you may wonder if you’re just starting to show signs of age. Because this is embarrassing, you may keep silent about this symptom and ignore it.

The simple truth is that low blood sugar can easily cause confusion or disorientation, and so can dehydration. A glass of water and a snack might help to set you right, and if so, it means you’re not showing signs of age at all. But it takes a little observation as well as trial and error on your part. If you notice this happening, see if a little snack can help. Keep a record of your meals so you can see if you’re waiting too long between meals. It’s also important to see your doctor, for two reasons. First, you should share your records with them so they can be aware of your symptoms, and also to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying cause of confusion or disorientation.

Perhaps you don’t want to bother the doctor for a symptom that you think is too small. Why go to see the doctor, just for something like being really hungry, almost all of the time? It might make you think you are a pest. If this sounds familiar, it is important to place value upon your health. You may feel foolish for a few minutes but the doctor can put your mind at ease, and help you to feel better but only if you go and see them.

Type 2 diabetes makes its presence known with many signs and symptoms. You may experience just a few, or lots of them. There is no way to predict which ones you will experience, and people in the same family may not experience the same symptoms. For example, one relative may experience weight gain, while another may experience weight loss, but type 2 diabetes could e the culprit for both family members.

This means that if you feel unwell, and you’re due for a checkup, you should write down your symptoms, no matter how strange, silly, insignificant or disconnected to other symptoms they may seem.  Take your list of symptoms in and hand them over to the doctor. They are trained to recognize patterns that their patients may miss. The doctor can easily determine if type 2 diabetes is a part of your life with a simple blood test. Do you need that test? Call for your appointment now.