Doctors believe millions of people don't even realize they have Type-2 diabetes! It's a condition that needs to be kept under control to prevent serious permanent damage to your body.
Dr. Dennis Ferrar at Kelsey- Seybold Clinic talks to us about the early warning signs and how to sometimes reverse the symptoms.
Feeling hungry and thirsty all of the time, even after you've just eaten a big meal, could be a sign of Type 2 diabetes, especially if there's any unexplained weight loss.
"I'd be looking for other symptoms like fatigue, numbness or tingling of the feet or hands, visual blurring would be important," explains Dr. Ferrar.
He also says if those symptoms are plaguing you, it's definitely time to look at your diet and start exercising more.
Dr. Ferrar says most of his patients see certified diabetes educators and dietitians to help them modify their diets.
On a positive note, Type-2 Diabetes is one of the few diseases that can sometimes be reversed on its own with lifestyle changes through diet and exercise.
It's even easier to reveres when caught in its early stages called "pre-diabetes". "Losing weight with diet and exercise can even be more effective than some of the diabetes medications we use," exclaims Dr. Ferrar. He's an Endocrinologist and specializes in this medical condition and encourages his diabetic patients to lose at least 5-10% of their body fat.
The most challenging thing can be to keep up with the lifestyle changes you've started, and that's why a diabetes educator or coach can help make a big difference.