Diabetes Warning Sign: Headaches
As blood sugar levels become more abnormal, additional symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.
Diabetes Warning Sign: Infections
In most cases, type 2 diabetes is not discovered until it takes a noticeable toll on health. One red flag is troubling infections, such as:
Cuts or sores that are slow to heal.
Frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections.
Itchy skin, especially in the groin area.
Risk Factors You Can Control
Being overweight, defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 25.
Abnormal cholesterol and blood fats, such as HDL "good" cholesterol lower than 35 mg/dL or a triglyceride level over 250 mg/dL.
High blood pressure greater than 140 /90 in adults.
Risk Factors You Can't Control
Race or ethnicity: Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asians have a higher than average risk.
Family history of diabetes: Having a parent or sibling with diabetes boosts your risk.
Age: Being 45 and older increases your risk of type 2 diabetes.
The more risk factors you have, the greater your odds of developing type 2 diabetes.