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Now that we’ve covered what Type 1 Diabetes consists of, let’s move on to the most common form of diabetes: Type 2. Our friends at the American Diabetes Association explain:
In type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time your pancreas isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose levels normal. Type 2 is treated with lifestyle changes, oral medications (pills), and insulin.
Some people with type 2 can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and being active. But, your doctor may need to also prescribe oral medications or insulin to help you meet your target blood glucose levels. Type 2 usually gets worse over time – even if you don’t need medications at first, you may need to later on.
Some groups of people have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
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Family history plays a big role as does strong hereditary tendencies. Although there is no cure for chronic illnesses, you can certainly find way to keep them under control. Taking control of your health empowers you to use different means to manage the disease.
As we continue this series, we advise you to please consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed before and have concerns over your health.
Are you currently living with or know a family member with Type 2 diabetes? Share and discuss what health means to you in your day to day life.
Read other articles in the series: Diabetes Education Series; Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Teresa KunathRN Clinical Specialist
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