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The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2, and one-third of them have not been diagnosed. This form of diabetes usually develops in adults age 40 and older and is most common in adults over age 55. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is often part of a metabolic syndrome that includes obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high levels of blood lipids. Unfortunately, as more children become overweight, type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in young people.

When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the pancreas is usually producing enough insulin, but, for unknown reasons, the body cannot use the insulin effectively, a condition called insulin resistance. After several years, insulin production decreases. The result is the same as for type 1 diabetes--glucose builds up in the blood and the body cannot make efficient use of its main source of fuel.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop gradually. They are not as sudden in onset as in type 1 diabetes. Some people have no symptoms. Symptoms may include fatigue or nausea, frequent urination, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and slow healing of wounds or sores.

Treatment of type 2 diabetes: Treatment typically includes diet control, exercise, home blood glucose testing, and in some cases, oral medication and/or insulin. Approximately 40% of people with type 2 diabetes require insulin injections.

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A Closer Look at Diabetes and Good Eye Health

A Closer Look at Diabetes and Good Eye Health
According to the American Diabetes Association, people living with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health. Learn about what you can do to help prevent vision problems.

Does Green Tea Lower Blood Sugar Levels?

Does Green Tea Lower Blood Sugar Levels?
Research has linked green tea and its compounds to many potential health benefits, including preventing cancer and type 2 diabetes. But can drinking it lower your blood sugar levels?

Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency

Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency
Insulin from various manufacturers is often made available to patients in an emergency and may be different from a patient's usual insulin.

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness Patient Information

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness Patient Information
As a person with diabetes, your daily routine involves schedules and planning. An emergency can seriously affect your health. It may be difficult to cope with a disaster when it occurs. You and your family should plan and prepare beforehand even if the event is loss of electricity for a few hours.

Taking Care of Your Diabetes When You're Away From Home
Tips that can help diabetics take care of themselves when they're away from home.

Preventing Diabetes from Progressing Into Kidney Disease
Important information and advice to help stop or slow the progression of diabetes-based End-Stage Renal Disease.

Control the ABC's of Diabetes for a Healthy Heart
Living with diabetes puts you at an increased risk for developing heart disease and stroke. But there's hope. People with diabetes can learn to manage their diabetes - and cut their risk for heart attack and stroke by more than half.

Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Team About Your Type 2 Diabetes
Living with diabetes is not easy. Here are five questions you can ask your health care team to help you learn how to manage your diabetes and live a long, healthy life.

Help Your Teen Deal with the Ups & Downs of Diabetes
Teens with diabetes and their families often face unique challenges. Bad feelings are normal every now and then. But in order to feel better, teens need to learn to take charge of their diabetes and families can help.

A Diabetic-Friendly Meal Everyone Can Enjoy
Whether you are a person with diabetes or a family member or friend, you can prepare a meal that is healthy and tastes great.

Grade-A Grocery List: Shopping Tips to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
A healthy diet doesn't have to be expensive. Start by planning meals and making a grocery list ahead of time to take charge of what you eat. Follow these tips while grocery shopping to help you and your entire family make healthy food choices.

How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, what, when, and how much you eat all affect your blood glucose.

Travel Tips for Diabetics
As any travel agent or stranded tourist will tell you, planning ahead is the key to a successful trip. And this is particularly true for people with diabetes.

Physicians Bust Myths About Insulin
People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes often resist taking insulin because they fear gaining weight, developing low blood sugar and seeing their quality of life decline. A study recently completed suggests that those fears are largely unfounded.

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