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Consult an Expert About Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common lifestyle disease which does not discriminate, affecting both the young and the old. It has been also known to increase an individual’s risk for certain fatal conditions, including heart disease.

Don’t put your heart in danger. If you think that you may have Type 2 Diabetes, it’s important that you seek medical assistance from Apex Heart and Vascular Center as soon as possible. We have a team of experts who can help you overcome Type 2 Diabetes and treat any heart problems connected to it at the same time.

Common Questions You May Have About Type 2 Diabetes

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

It is a kind of chronic condition which affects the way your body metabolizes sugar or glucose (one of the main sources of fuel for your body).

When you have Type 2 Diabetes, it may either be because your body is resisting the action of insulin (a hormone which is responsible for facilitating the entry of glucose into the different cells of your body) or because your body is no longer capable of producing enough insulin to regulate your blood glucose levels.

Type 2 Diabetes can develop from a bad case of genetics, an unhealthy lifestyle, or a combination of both. While this condition might not be outrightly cured, it can, however, be managed with the right lifestyle changes, proper diet, weight control, and treatment plan.

What signs and symptoms does Type 2 Diabetes present with?

High levels of glucose in your blood (such as in the case of diabetes) can lead you to experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Darkened areas of the skin (usually observable at the armpits and neck)
  • A sensation of numbness in the extremities

What other health complications can arise from untreated Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes can trigger different types of health problems. Leaving it unregulated over a prolonged period of time can damage your eyes, kidneys, heart, and blood vessels.

Among the notable cardiovascular issues that it can cause include:

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure

What is PAD and what symptoms does it have?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a type of circulatory problem caused by narrowed arteries (as a result of unregulated high blood sugar from diabetes). In effect, this reduces blood flow to your extremities; resulting in leg pain (while waking), or abdominal pain (after having a meal).

What is CAD and what symptoms does it have?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the most common causes of heart disease and death in both men and women. It occurs when arteries become hardened due to plaque build-up (from high levels of glucose, cholesterol, etc. in the blood.), resulting to chest pain, heart damage, or a heart attack.