The importance of early Type 2 Diabetes detection
Given that Type 2 Diabetes can go unnoticed for several years everybody should get their blood sugar levels (blood glucose) and Hemoglobin A1c checked, at least once a year to verify if everything is well and detect any degree of insulin resistance or the presence of Diabetes on time. If a person has Type 2 Diabetes for several years and doesn’t know it, their high blood glucose levels, which haven’t been detected in all that time, can cause irreversible damage to the body without the person even being aware. In many cases, people notice they’ve had Type 2 Diabetes for several years, when they visit their doctor because they’ve gone blind, developed kidney failure or need an amputation, which is why early detection is vital to prevent the dreaded chronic complications associated with poor Diabetes control so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Why can Type 2 Diabetes go unnoticed for several years?
In Type 1 Diabetes, beta cells have been destroyed by T cells causing the body to not produce any insulin causing blood glucose levels to suddenly rise too much (over 240 mg/dl) and forcing those affected to visit the emergency room within a very short time; in people with type 2 Diabetes where insulin is produced but doesn’t work properly, blood glucose levels don’t reach such high levels and symptoms are milder, which is why they may not actually visit the ER, and their type 2 Diabetes may go unnoticed for several years.
One of every two people have Type 2 Diabetes and don’t know it. If a person has Type 2 Diabetes and doesn’t know it, their blood glucose levels will remain above normal values leading to several serious irreversible damages in the body and will therefore develop the dreaded chronic complications associated with poorly controlled Diabetes without the person even knowing it.
At Diabetes Up to Date, we are committed to increase and strengthen every day our preventive, educational and awareness campaigns, which we do permanently for the entire population, so we can help prevent new cases of Type 2 Diabetes in those at high risk of developing it, and offer to those who’ve already been diagnosed with Diabetes the tools they need to achieve optimal control of their condition and avoid the chronic complications or irreversible harm associated with poor control.