Type 2 diabetes affects millions of Americans. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body is not able to use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin is necessary for glucose (sugar) to get from your blood into your cells to be used for energy. When there is not enough insulin — or it doesn’t function as it should — glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells. Often there are no type 2 diabetes symptoms, or they may be mild and go unrecognized.
To assess your chances of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes (when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to qualify as diabetes), take our risk test. Here are seven signs that you might have type 2 diabetes.
1. Frequent Urination
When there is excess glucose present in the blood, as with type 2 diabetes, the kidneys react by flushing it out of the blood and into the urine. This results in more urine production and the need to urinate more frequently. If you notice you have to go to the bathroom more often than you used to — including perhaps needing to get up every couple of hours during the night to urinate — and you seem to be producing more urine when you do go, talk to your doctor about whether you could have type 2 diabetes.