What is Type 2 Diabetes?

December 22, 2007 by  
Filed under Diabetes Information

There are basically three types or forms of diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. All three diabetes types have subtypes under them. Diabetes is a disease which is characterized by the high levels of blood sugar in the body.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition of the body where the muscles and tissues develop insulin resistance, deficiency of insulin and hyperglycemia. This condition can be treated with by changing one’s diet and lifestyle. Adhering to a strict diet which is specifically made for type 2 diabetes individuals and taking up exercise can help control and reverse the effects of this for of diabetes.

Cause Of Type 2 Diabetes:

The main cause of Type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance of body cells. This may be because the insulin are inferior as produced by the beta cells in the pancreas or the tissues themselves do not respond to the insulin. It is believed that genetics plays a vital role in diabetes. Those who have a long history of diabetes in the family tree run the risk of developing the disease sometime in their lives.

Obesity, improper diet and lifestyle are some of the factors that activate diabetes in people. If your family has a history of diabetes and you suffer from being overweight, you had better have annual checkups regarding the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. There are many symptoms of Type 2 diabetes which may go unnoticed by the individual. This is because the symptoms are by far quite common and easy to take for granted. Among the symptoms of this form of diabetes are increased urination, excessive thirst, blurry eyesight, numbness in the fingers and toes, increase abdominal fringe and many more.

Treating Type 2 Diabetes:

There are also drugs and medication which can control the release of blood glucose and also increase the body tissues’ uptake of glucose. These drugs balance the effects of insulin in the muscles and tissues and give the diabetic person a chance to live a normal life.

Type 2 diabetes can be easily treated or controlled. Sticking to a special diabetic diet and exercising can help reverse Type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is the goal of the special diet and exercise. Weight loss can help bring back sensitivity to insulin in our muscles and tissues. Although Type 2 diabetes is more complicated than Type 1 diabetes, it is by far easier to cure and control.

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