What is type 2 diabetes?

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What is diabetes?

You may have just been diagnosed and may not have been able to take in what the doctor has said.

Type 2 diabetes is where your body is still producing insulin, but it is unable to use it effectively.

This can be caused by being overweight and having a diet full of junk food.

This is when the pancreas cannot make proper use of the insulin in the body. The symptoms are the same as Type 1, but they come on a lot slower.

If there is a family history of diabetes or you are overweight, look out for these symptoms and visit your doctor if you are concerned. You will need to have a diabetes test.

The treatment for that is usually medication to make the insulin work more effectively. You may need insulin injections or you may be able to control your diabetes by diet alone.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes come on gradually.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

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What is diabetes?

My father had it over 2 years. He was losing weight, thirsty and needing to pee. He would climb the stairs and be out of breath.

He kept going back to the doctor who didn't know what it was. He finally got a diagnosis when he developed an ulcer on his foot. He was not amused.

My mother also had no idea that she had it until she had a routine test by the doctor.

Type 2 diabetes can be treated with diet and medication alone. However some people may need insulin. My mother does. The reason for that is that she loves her cakes and sweet treats too much. The doctor told her that she needed to cut out all of it from her diet or go on insulin. She decided to go on insulin.

However it is not the best way to manage your diabetes.

Natural products like aloe vera and bee products can help. Also making sure that you get the right amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet.

Also plenty of exercise can help and prevent long term diabetic complications.

If controlled well there is no reason why you can't live a normal healthy life.

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