The problem with identifying Diabetes Type 2 is that this is a progressive disease and it's very common for people to have no signs or symptoms as it is developing. In most cases, as with the Ol' Boomer, it's not until your blood glucose levels begin to start elevating that your medical provider can anticipate you're on your way to or already have it!
Probably the best thing I can do for you at this point is give you a brief understanding of
"What is Type 2 Diabetes?"
By this point in your life, you're probably well aware of diabetes and may even know someone who is a diabetic. However, what may be new to you is the term Diabetes Type 2. As I mentioned above, this type of diabetes is considered a progressive disease. What that means is that over the years your blood glucose levels have risen as your body has either lost its ability to produce enough insulin or become more and more insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is defined as your body's inablility to properly use the insulin made by your pancreas. (Insulin is used by your body to help regulate blood glucose levels.)
Unlike type 1 diabetes where your pancreas fails to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, the insulin resistance of type 2 has gradually caused your pancreas to over produce insulin over the years to the point that many of 'beta cells' that make the insulin have slowly and steadily been lost. In fact, research shows that by the time most people are diagnosed with this disease, they've usually lost more than 80% of their insulin making capacity!
Diabetes type 2 symptoms are more common the older you get. As a result, learning the answer to "What is Type 2 Diabetes?" is something every Baby Boomer should know and be on-guard for. Although we're all well aware of diabetes and probably many people who have it, we are also likely to be seeing more of our friends who have never had diabetes become diagnosed with this 'later diabetes' known as Type 2.
This video may be of some help:
Type 2 Diabetes is also one of the key components of Metabolic Syndrome which is something you should also know about. I suggest you take a minute and read about it here.
You may also find this information from The National Institute of Health useful in answering the question "What is Type 2 diabetes?"
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