One subtle symptom of type 2 diabetes is genital itching or thrush, accompanied by a need to urinate more often – particularly at night. The need to pee more develops as a result of the body trying to reduce blood glucose levels by flushing the excess glucose out of the body in the urine. Genital thrush develops due to high levels of glucose being passed in the urine. This creates the perfect breeding ground for the fungal infection which causes thrush.
Genital itching, thrush and needing to urinate more don’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, but you may want to get it checked out in case, especially if you have other symptoms.
Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling thirsty all the time and feeling very tired.
Unintentional weight loss, blurred vision and cuts and wounds taking longer to heal are also symptoms.
“These symptoms occur because some or all of the glucose stays in the blood, and isn’t being used as fuel for energy,” said Diabetes UK.
“If you have any of symptoms of diabetes, you should contact your GP. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, but it’s worth checking.”
“Early diagnosis, treatment and good control are vital for good health and reduce the chances of developing serious complications.”
According to Diabetes UK, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes in the UK, and the total number of people with the condition is expected to rise to five million by 2025.
Currently, one in 15 people in the country have diabetes -the vast majority of which have type 2 diabetes.
But, around one million of the people with type 2 diabetes have not yet been diagnosed, so don’t know they have it.
Symptoms of diabetes don’t necessarily make you feel unwell, which is why so many people don’t realise they have it.
But there are a number of symptoms of the condition and it’s important to know what they are, as if left untreated diabetes can lead to serious health problems.
Complications associated with type 2 diabetes include problems with the heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes and feet.
The condition can be easy to miss as it develops quite slowly, so some people might not know they have it until complications start to occur.
Knowing the symptoms can therefore help you to notice if you develop it, so you can get treatment and avoid complications.
Type 2 diabetes is lifelong and there is no cure, but it can be controlled with medication and by following a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle includes eating a diet that is low in sugar, calories and fat, exercising regularly and not smoking.