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Previously referred to as “Adult Onset Diabetes”, type two diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body doesn’t correctly use the insulin it is making, and/or doesn’t make enough insulin.  In the past, this disease was only seen in adults, but it is now being diagnosed in children as well.  Treatment for type two diabetes includes education, dietary management, blood glucose monitoring, exercise and might include oral medication and/or insulin as well.

Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Frequent infections
  • Numbness/tingling in the hands and feet
  • There may be NO symptoms! 

Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

With type 2 diabetes, a person might be able to control their diabetes with diet and exercise alone, but this does not mean that the disease is gone.  It means that their body needs the right amount of exercise, food intake and weight management to keep their blood glucose in normal range.  A person with type 2 diabetes may also require pills and/or insulin to adequately manage their diabetes.   

What can I do to lower my risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

Studies have shown that with exercise and minimal weight loss, a person can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?
Take the Diabetes Risk Test
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** This is intended for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended to provide you with medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or prognosis.  This information should not be used in place of advice from a qualified medical provider.  Consult your health care provider for medical and dietary advice or if you think you have a medical problem.  St. Francis Hospital and Health Services disclaims all guarantees regarding the completeness, timeliness, relevance and accuracy of this information.

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