• What is Type 2 Diabetes

    What is Type 2 Diabetes

    Where type 1 diabetics do not produce enough insulin for their body, type 2 diabetics
    produce the insulin but their bodies are not make proper use of it.  Type 2 diabetes has
    been linked to lifestyle choices as a large number of people who are diagnosed are
    considered overweight or obese.  The extra weight a person carries around can make it
    hard for the body to process insulin properly.

    Some additional risk factors for being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes include a family
    connections (a first or second generation family member) and race.  Even with these risk
    factors present a person can prevent out put-off a diagnosis off type 2 diabetes by losing
    weight, eating a healthy diet, and plenty of physical activity.

    Type 2 diabetes has in the past been diagnosed in patients over the age of 40 but in recent
    years people of all ages have been diagnosed with this disease.  There is an alarming
    number of young children who are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are obese.

    People who have not yet been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may exhibit some of these
    symptoms:  Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and skin infections.   Moodiness and
    irritability may also be a symptom of diabetes but is usually not one that precipitates a
    trip to the doctor and is later explained by high or low blood sugar levels.  Other warning
    signs for type 2 diabetes are the same as type 1 diabetes such as an increased need to
    urinate, a desire to drink more and a feel of lethargy or constant tiredness.

    Type 2 diabetics have a range of options for treatment depending on personal preference
    and their individual needs in contrast to type 1 diabetics whose only option is to go on
    insulin injections or an insulin pump.


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