Type 2 diabetes is when your body can’t make enough insulin, or use it well. Insulin
helps your cells use sugar (glucose) for energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in
your blood. This leads to high blood sugar.
2 diabetes is a chronic disease. It has no known cure. It is the most common type of
exact cause of type 2 diabetes is not known. It seems to run in families. But it often
takes other factors to bring on the disease. These include:
Symptoms may include:
people who have type 2 diabetes don’t have symptoms. Symptoms may be mild and you may
not notice them. Half of all Americans who have diabetes don't know it.
symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be like other health problems. Seeee your healthcare
provider for a diagnosis.
Diabetes can be diagnosed with several tests. It is best to repeat the tests a second
time to confirm the results. The tests include:
Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It
will also depend on how severe the condition is.
goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible, but not
too low. To do this, you will need to control your blood sugar. You will need to check
may be able to control your type 2 diabetes with weight loss, exercise, and healthy
eating habits. But you may also need to take medicine or insulin.
Treatment may include some or all of these:
Diabetes that is not treated or controlled well can cause problems.
These can include problems with:
can lead to:
these reasons, it is important to follow a strict treatment plan.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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