What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects your body’s metabolism of glucose (sugar). It is the most common form of diabetes and is caused by resistance to insulin or the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin. There are many contributing factors to developing type 2 diabetes, such as being overweight, lack of physical activity, and family history. Symptoms can include increased thirst and urination, increased appetite, loss of weight, fatigue, change in vision, frequent infection, and patches of darkened skin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person has blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal and their body does not use insulin properly.

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How do you test for diabetes?

Diabetes can be diagnosed by testing the amount of sugar in the blood, either after fasting or after an oral glucose tolerance test, or by measuring the percent glycated hemoglobin (hemoglobin A1c or HbA1c) within the blood.
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Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?

Type 2 diabetes can’t be totally prevented, but making healthy lifestyle choices like diet changes, increased exercise, and weight loss can lower your chances of developing it or having complications.

Can you cure type 2 diabetes?

Currently there is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but weight loss, regular exercise, and treatment can help you manage symptoms and return to normal blood glucose (sugar) levels.

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Some of the most common symptoms of type 2 diabetes (T2D) are increased thirst, frequent urination, incresed hunger, unexplained weight loss, rapid breathing, fatigue, headaches and other. Contact your doctor if you experience symptoms.
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