Type 2 diabetes symptoms: THIS could be a warning sign of condition

Type 2 diabetes symptoms occur glucose - or blood sugar - stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.

The main symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms.

However, one woman contacted This Morning’s second opinion complaining of bad breath.

The woman, called Sarah, asked Dr Zoe Williams and Dr Ranj Singh for a second opinion.

The doctors joined hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the morning programme.

Sarah said: “It is quite embarrassing. I have tried a number of things.”

She said doesn’t know what could be causing the problem or how to get rid of it and even said some people have noticed.

Dr Zoe asked if Sarah had any other medication conditions. Sarah said she has type 2 diabetes.

Dr Zoe said: “Type 2 diabetes can cause dry mouth, or a sour taste in your mouth.”

She said bad breath is fairly common among people with type 2 diabetes.

“There are some medical conditions which can cause it,” she said.

Dr Zoe told Sarah she was doing all the right things in terms of dental hygiene to find a solution to the problem.

“Carry water and drink as much as possible," she said.

"You can even use synthetic salivas. They can be prescribed by your GP.”

NHS Choices said: “A lack of saliva can cause more bacteria than normal to build up in your mouth, as well as a change in the types of bacteria.


“A build-up of these in the mouth may lead to bad breath.

Diabetes.co.uk said: “If you feel thirsty all the time or your thirst is stronger than usual and continues even after you drink, it can be a sign that not all is well inside your body.”

The symptoms are not always obvious, and many people could be suffering with the condition for years before they learn they have it.

Every week 4,500 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes across the UK.

However, experts warn thousands could be living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

There are seven main symptoms of type 2 diabetes. These include urinating more at night.

Feeling thirstier than usual, feeling tired, itching around the penis or vagina, cuts or woods which heal slowly and blurred vision.

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