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What is Type 2 Diabetes
Glucose comes from the breakdown of food. It is the body's energy source. It can pass from the blood to cells with the help of a hormone called insulin. Without insulin, glucose will build up in the blood and cause hyperglycemia. At the same time, your body's cells are starved for glucose (energy).
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Whats the Link? Adapted from the National Diabetes Education Program by Amy Scholten, MPH Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading complication and cause of premature death among people with diabetes. Unfortunately, many people with diabetes do not understand the risk of cardiovascular disease or what they can do to help prevent it. D...Read more
Type 2 Diabetes Causes
Two conditions contribute to hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes: Insulin resistance related to excess body fatBody's failure to make an adequate amount of insulin ...
The Link Between Sodas & Diabetes A study conducted by the University of California San Francisco concluded that an excessive intake of soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages may be a leading factor for the development of diabetes. The research at UCSF, led by Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, showed that consumption of sugary beverages including soft drinks, sports...Read more
Type 2 Diabetes Risks
Diabetics Can Lower Heart Attack Risk A meta-analysis found people who have diabetes but maintain low-blood sugar levels are at less risk for heart attacks, researchers in Britain say. Dr. Kausik Ray of the University of Cambridge and colleagues said the meta-analysis pooled information from five large trials. The study, published in The Lancet, determined there was a 17 percent reduct...Read more
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
You may not have symptoms for years. Symptoms due to high blood sugar or diabetic complications may include: Increased urinationExtreme thirstHungerFatigueBlurry visionIrritabilityFrequent or recurring infectionsPoor wound healingAnginaPainful leg cramps when walkingNumbness or tingling in the ha...
Early Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes The new numbers are out from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and it doesnt look good. The federal health agency estimates that more than a third of Americans are pre-diabetic and a whopping 26 million already have the disease. Whats more, 79 million adults have blood sugar levels that are above normal, but not yet high enough to be considered...Read more
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Lifestyle changes seem to be most effective. To reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes: Participate in regular physical activity.Maintain a healthy weight.Drink alcohol in moderation (two drinks per day for a man, and one drink per day for a woman) Eat a well-balanced diet: Get enough...
Early Signs of Diabetes Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels. With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesnt produce enough insulin, which is essential for converting sugar into fuel, or the cells ignore the insulin. According to the American Diabetes Foundation, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, with millions havi...Read more
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Treatment aims to: Maintain blood sugar at levels as close to normal as possiblePreventing or delaying complications (regular medical care is important for this)Control other conditions that you may have like high blood pressure and high cholesterol Diet Follow a balanced meal plan. Eat consis...
Diet & Exercise Can Delay Diabetes He had to give up his favorite breakfast buffet and take up walking, but the payoff has been priceless for Jim Scheder. The retired truck driver from Carrick staved off diabetes, an illness that afflicted his late father. "I don't want diabetes," said Scheder, 81. "Years ago, they told me I had borderline diabetes. E...Read more
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