Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.

Insulin is like a key; it opens the door to the cells in your body and allows the glucose to enter. Insulin lowers the level of glucose in your bloodstream.

Symptoms occur because some or all of the glucose stays in the blood and it isn’t being used as fuel for energy. The body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by flushing the excess glucose out of the body in the urine.

The main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes include:

  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • increased thirst
  • extreme tiredness
  • unexplained weight loss

in addition to these symptoms you may experience the following:

  • genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
  • slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • blurred vision

If you have any of these symptoms, please see your GP as soon as possible.

Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and losing weight may help you reverse the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. We can offer support and advice with this. The doctor may ask you to take some tablets to help your body use the insulin it is producing properly.