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Type 2 Diabetes 

Type 2 diabetes, also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes.

Your body needs insulin to transport glucose to the cells for energy. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas may not make enough insulin, or your cells do not respond correctly to insulin—a condition known as insulin resistance. This results in high blood sugar levels, which cause many problems. Early symptoms can include hunger, thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, more frequent infections and slow wound healing. Other symptoms can include blurred vision, erectile dysfunction and pain or numbness in the feet or hands.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition. Fortunately, it can be managed, most often with diet and exercise and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels. Your doctor may also recommend one or more medications to lower blood sugar levels. These may or may not include insulin. By working closely with your physician, endocrinologist and certified diabetes educator and taking advantage of the resources available to you on this site, you can minimize complications and lead a healthy lifestyle.


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