Common signs of Type 2 diabetes in both women and men include increased thirst, blurry vision, increased urination, weight changes and fatigue, states WebMD. Women may also experience an increase in vaginal infections.
Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes usually occur gradually and may or may not be noticed, according to WebMD. Oftentimes the disease is diagnosed when blood work is done to search for causes of vague symptoms, such as fatigue.
Those at risk of developing diabetes include people who are overweight, those who have a family history of diabetes and women with a history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy, WebMD reports. Individuals who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also at a greater risk of developing diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease, reports the American Diabetes Association. It occurs when the body develops insulin resistance and is unable to effectively use insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Diabetes can be controlled through lifestyle adjustments, including changes in diet and exercise, but if these measures don't keep blood sugar levels within a normal range, medications such as metformin or insulin may be necessary to control diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, blindness, the loss of limbs and even death.