Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

As with most chronic conditions, type 2 diabetes can seemingly develop overnight. However, the reality is that type 2 diabetes can be well on its way before you start noticing any symptoms. Even when common symptoms appear, many people may attribute them to other, less serious problems, not thinking that they are in danger of having diabetes until they receive a physician’s diagnosis. In fact, about one in every four people with the condition don’t know that they have it.

But recognizing the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and seeking medical attention as early as possible will you get the treatment and motivate you to make the changes that will keep symptoms and complications of type 2 diabetes to a minimum. Once you accept that type 2 diabetes is now part of your life, you can empower yourself with the knowledge and tools that can put you in control of the condition and live an active and full life like you always have.

Type 2 Diabetes

Also called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high blood sugar levels caused by the body’s inability to produce and use insulin properly and efficiently. It typically develops after the age of 35, though doctors are seeing an increasing number of younger adults with the condition.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body does not turn carbohydrates from food into energy as it is supposed to. When functioning properly, the pancreas releases insulin when blood sugar levels rise. That insulin is what opens the door for blood sugar to get into the body’s cells, where it can provide needed energy. The lack of sufficient insulin can back up all of that glucose in the bloodstream, where it can cause significant problems.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes symptoms tend to develop gradually. If you experience any of the following common symptoms of type 2 diabetes, you should arrange an appointment with your doctor:

  • Constant thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurry vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches
  • Tingling feet or hands
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums

Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A New Way For People With Type 2 Diabetes To Monitor and Manage Blood Sugar

Individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes learn quickly the diet and lifestyle changes they need to make to stay healthy. One key aspect of living with type 2 diabetes is getting frequent, accurate measurements of your blood sugar level. That used to mean pricking a finger multiple times a day to obtain a sample. Now, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) can make finger-pricking a thing of the past for many diabetes patients. CGM is a tested, safe, reliable, and accurate transceiver device that can help some individuals with type 2 diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels 24 hours a day without interrupting their day to obtain a sample.

Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18

*The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations

‡‡‡Based on the sensor being replaced once every 14 days, and scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§§Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading