Diabetes type 2 causes a person’s blood sugar (glucose) level to become too high. The condition can trigger symptoms including peeing more frequently, feeling thirsty all the time and feeling very tired. But left untreated, more serious health complications can occur which can affect the eyes, the feet, the kidneys and the nerves. The chance of heart attack and stroke is also increased.
Many people may have diabetes type 2 without realising because symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
But spotting the signs as early as possible can help you prevent complications.
One symptom experts say can indicate the condition is blurred vision.
Diabetes.co.uk explains: “One of the common signs of diabetes is blurred vision, which refers to the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see fine details.
“Blurred vision can affect one eye (unilateral blurred vision) or both (bilateral blurred vision) eyes, and can occur often or rarely.
“Regardless of how often it occurs, its should never go untreated as it could be an indicator of another, more serious eye problem.”
High levels of blood sugar, as a result of diabetes, can affect a person’s ability to see by causing the lens inside the eye to swell.
This causes temporary blurred vision.
The diabetes expert adds: “There are various different interpretations/understandings of what blurred vision is, but in most cases the term is used to describe the inability to see fine details and a lack of sharpness of vision.
“If you’re experiencing sudden blurred vision together with eye pain, you should go see your doctor and have your eye(s) checked.
“If your vision has become blurred over time, it could be a sign of an underlying condition, which could be diabetes amongst other possible causes.
“Your doctor should be able to help distinguish why your vision may have worsened.”
The full list of diabetes type 2 symptoms, according to the NHS, include:
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal.
Diabetes type 2 can be managed and prevented by eating a healthy diet.