Facts About Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.

When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:

  • Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
  • Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Some groups 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.

Learn from Type 2 Lou

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The animated character, "Type 2 Lou" will provide you with a lively and informative explanation about:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Diabetes and related health problems, such as cardiovascular disease
  • The ABCs of Diabetes
  • Medications

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  • Last Reviewed: August 1, 2013
  • Last Edited: January 23, 2014

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