Type 2 diabetes prevalence is hard to estimate because many people will currently live with the condition without knowing it. It is fuelled by impaired insulin production and a subsequent rise in blood sugar levels but these complications can take years to take effect. However, the chronic condition can occasionally spew out some perceptible signs.
According to le Feuvre, inspection of the tongue – a common diagnostic procedure in Chinese medicine – has tied perceptible changes in the tongue to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
The method involves examination of the shape, size, colour, and texture of the tongue body and coat and helps reveal the state of organ functions and progression of conditions.
A high prevalence of thick fur, yellow fur colour and bluish tongue have been picked up in patients with type 2 diabetes, she reported.
How to respond
The primary response to type 2 diabetes symptoms is to consult your GP.
“You’ll need a blood test, which you may have to go to your local health centre for if it cannot be done at your GP surgery,” explains the NHS.
According to the health body, the earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment started, the better.
As it points out, early treatment reduces your risk of other health problems.
Healthy fats include avocado, nuts, seeds, fish and fish oils.
“Increase (healthy) fat intake and reduce intake of carbohydrates to stabilise blood sugar levels,” advised le Feuvre.
You should also refer to the glycaemic index (GI) – a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates.
It shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when that food is eaten on its own.