About Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for up to 95% of all diagnosed cases. Previously thought of as an adult-onset disease, type 2 diabetes is increasingly diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults. There is no cure, but lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, as well as oral medications or insulin currently help people manage their type 2 diabetes. Recently, certain bariatric surgeries have also proven to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, bariatric surgeries that cause food to bypass the duodenum (the part of the small intestine immediately after the stomach) have shown that the gut may play a key role in regulating insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels.
What causes type 2 diabetes?
Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps control blood sugar levels by enabling cells to take glucose from the bloodstream. Insulin resistance is a condition that prevents the body from using insulin properly. In response to insulin resistance, the pancreas makes more insulin as it tries to maintain normal blood sugar levels. If the pancreas can’t keep up with the increasing insulin needs, glucose can build up in the bloodstream, eventually leading to type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?
The common symptoms of type 2 diabetes can often be attributed to other causes. Consequently, a person might have type 2 diabetes for a while before having it diagnosed. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Increased hunger
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing cuts or bruises
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet
People may be at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they:
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Are not physically active
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