Type 2 diabetes affects some 29.1 million Americans (8.1 million who are undiagnosed), including thousands of truckers.
With type 2 diabetes, your body does not use 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.
Unfortunately, there are no type 2 diabetes symptoms, or they may be mild and go unrecognized. Here’s a few warning signs of what to look for.
1. Frequent urination
2. Feeling thirsty often
3. Weight loss
4. Increased hunger
5. Foot pain and numbness
6. Frequent infections
7. Blurred vision
To further determine your chances of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, take this American Diabetes Association Diabetes Risk Test.