What is type 2 diabetes?

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant). Type 2 diabetes happens when your body does not make or use insulin well and cannot keep blood sugar at normal levels. Some quick facts about type 2 diabetes include:

  • It can develop at any age
  • Most cases can be prevented
  • Is on the rise due to increased obesity
  • There is no cure, but it can be managed by losing weight, eating well and exercising
  • Some people may also need diabetes medications or insulin therapy

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1. What is diabetes?
2. What is prediabetes?
3. What is type 2 diabetes?
4. Who is at risk?