10 Signs of Uncontrolled Type 2 DiabetesOct 21, 2021
Diabetes can impact a person’s quality of life, and if blood glucose levels remain high, it can also be life-threatening.
People who do not manage their diabetes are at risk of dangerously high blood glucose and insulin resistance. This can trigger a cascade of symptoms. Getting back to healthy blood sugar levels is the only way to reduce the risk of complications.
Type 2 diabetes is more common after the age of 45 years, often because of decades of lifestyle choices and symptoms appear gradually. Many people do not know they have type 2 diabetes, and so they continue without ever being aware of the blood sugar problems they are creating. In type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly. In time, the body just becomes insulin resistant.
In the video below, Dr. Ben Bickman explains this high glucose and insulin problems, and this can result in a number of complications. A person who recognizes the signs and symptoms and take action will change their outcomes.
The following are 10 signs that a person is now in a crisis state of uncontrolled diabetes:
- High blood glucose - High blood glucose readings are the most obvious sign that diabetes needs attention.
- Frequent infections -High blood sugar levels can increase a person’s susceptibility to infections. A person should see a doctor if they start to have more frequent infections, or if they take longer to recover from a wound or infection than they did before.
- Increased urination - Frequent urination, or polyuria, is a common sign of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Polyuria happens when a person urinates at least 3 liters per day. This happens because the body tries to rid the blood of excess glucose. When sugar levels are high, people also drink more frequently, causing them to produce more urine.
- Increased thirst - People with diabetes sometimes experience polydipsia, an extreme form of thirst. High blood glucose can result in dehydration and thirst, and it can reduce the body’s ability to absorb water. A person may experience: an overwhelming need for water, a chronically dry mouth and dizziness even when a person drinks more fluids, dehydration can occur.
- Diabetic ketoacidosis - dehydration can contribute to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening emergency that can arise when the body cannot access glucose for energy, and it starts to break down fat instead.
- Ketones are a by-product of this process. As they accumulate in the blood, they can make the blood too acidic. Symptoms of DKA include: dizziness, nausea and vomiting, confusion, abdominal pain, fruity-smelling breath, a loss of consciousness and possibly a diabetic coma.
- Appetite increase without weight gain - a person with diabetes may have high blood glucose levels, but their cells cannot access this glucose to use it as energy. This happens because the body either: does not produce insulin or cannot use insulin correctly. Insulin is necessary for processing glucose effectively. Even if a person has high blood sugar levels, their body may lack energy.
- Weight loss - this inability to absorb glucose can also lead to weight loss. Whether a person with diabetes loses weight or not depends on how well the body is using glucose, and how much that person is eating.
- Kidney problems - over time, high glucose levels can damage the blood vessels, including those of the kidneys. As the kidneys work harder to filter the blood, kidney disease can result. People with both diabetes and kidney disease may notice: very dark or bloody urine, frothy urine, pain near the kidneys in the lower back, chronic kidney or urinary tract infections.
- Cardiovascular symptoms - people with diabetes often have cardiovascular symptoms, such as high blood pressure. They may also have high cholesterol levels and obesity, which are risk factors for heart disease. Of all the complications of diabetes, cardiovascular disease is the one that is most likely to be fatal. Poor circulation can also contribute to slow wound healing and problems in the extremities, such as the feet. High blood pressure, chest pain, or abnormal heart rhythms are important warning signs. Whether they are due to diabetes or another condition, people should not ignore them.
- Tingling or numbness - long-term high blood sugar levels can damage nerves throughout the body, particularly those that affect sensation in the hands or feet. If a person has numbness or tingling, they may have nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy.
In this video Dr. Benjamin Bikman explains that for the last 100 years the medical paradigm has been incorrectly committed to the focus on glucose, and not on insulin when it comes to type 2 diabetes. Historically, the cause of type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance) has been lumped into the diabetes mellitus family of diseases.
Dr. Bikman is the author of WHY WE GET SICK and is a member of the FEEL GREAT SYSTEM Scientific Advisory Board (USAB). In his book he states that "the overwhelming majority of people with insulin resistance don't know they have it and have never heard of it”.