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This area or our magazine provides articles, resources, recipes and tools for people living with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2, and one-third of them have not been diagnosed.

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.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults age 40 and older and is most common in adults over age 55 (see Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes). Unfortunately, as more children become overweight, type 2 diabetes in young people is becoming more common. Here are some tips for parents with overweight children.

Type 2 diabetes is often part of a metabolic syndrome that includes obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.

Some ethnic groups have a greater chance of developing diabetes. They include American Indians, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. You do not get diabetes from eating too much sugar.

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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.

What You Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes

When you take care of your diabetes, you’ll feel better. You’ll reduce your risk for problems with your kidneys, eyes, nerves, feet and legs, and teeth. You’ll also lower your risk for a heart attack or a stroke. Among other things, you can take care of your diabetes by being physically active. Learn how easy it is!

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