Type 2 DiabetesType 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Let's Talk About Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Clues to this common disease can be surprisingly subtle. Knowing what to look for can help you stay on top of your health.

    Our Pro PanelType 2 Diabetes Symptoms

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in diabetes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Anthony Nguyen, D.O. headshot.

    Anthony Nguyen, D.O.Family Medicine Physician, Diabetes Health Initiative

    Providence Hospital/Ascension Health
    Mobile, AL
    Stelios Mantis, M.D.

    Stelios Mantis, M.D.Pediatric Endocrinologist

    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
    Katherine Araque, M.D.

    Katherine Araque, M.D.Director of Endocrinology

    Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
    Santa Monica, CA

    Frequently Asked QuestionsType 2 Diabetes Symptoms

    What are typical signs of type 2 diabetes?

    The classic symptoms of type 2 diabetes are increased thirst and having to pee a lot. Sometimes, you may feel the urge to urinate, but little or nothing comes out. Other symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and darker, velvety patches of skin, often in the folds of your skin.

    Why does diabetes make you thirsty?

    When too much glucose is flooding your bloodstream, your body tries to dilute it to healthier levels, even going so far as to use water from surrounding tissues, like your muscles. When they become dehydrated, they in turn signal your brain to tell you you’re thirsty so you’ll drink more.

    Can type 2 diabetes be cured?

    Type 2 diabetes is treatable with diet and exercise changes and medications that lower the levels of sugar in the blood. (Some people with type 2 diabetes also take insulin.) Although there is no cure, some people may be able to keep blood sugar levels stable and lower through diet and exercise alone.

    What’s the best type 2 diabetes diet?

    Everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and diet plans, so there’s no magic bullet. But vegetarian and vegan diets, a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and seafood, and low-carbohydrate diets have all been shown to lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.