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  1. Prediabetes - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Using a plate format for people with diabetes ...

  2. Type 2 Diabetes - Medications

    Some people with type 2 diabetes need medicine to help their bodies make more insulin, to decrease insulin resistance, or to slow down how quickly their body absorbs carbohydrate.You may take no medicine, one medicine, or a few medicines. Some people need medicine for short periods of time, while others always need to take medicine. How much medicine you need depends on how well you can keep your

  3. Type 2 Diabetes - Cause

    You can develop type 2 diabetes if:Your body does not respond properly to insulin, making it difficult for your cells to get sugar from the blood to make energy. This is called insulin resistance.Your pancreas does not make enough insulin. Your weight, how much physical activity you get, and your family history all affect the way your body responds to insulin. If you are overweight, get little or

  4. Type 2 Diabetes - Treatment Overview

    It can be scary to learn that you, your child, a family member, or a friend has type 2 diabetes or is at risk for the disease. Many people are shocked when they find out that they have type 2 diabetes. Others are relieved to know what has been causing their symptoms. Although it is normal to feel angry or depressed about having a serious lifelong disease, it is important to remember that many ...

  5. Type 2 Diabetes - Symptoms

    At first, your blood sugar level may rise so slowly that you may not know that anything is wrong. One - third of all people who have diabetes do not know that they have the disease.1If you do have symptoms of type 2 diabetes, they may include:Feeling thirsty. Having to urinate more than usual.Feeling more hungry than usual.Losing weight without trying to.Feeling very tired.Feeling cranky.Other ...

  6. Type 2 Diabetes - Living With Type 2 Diabetes

    Making healthy choices is a large part of treating type 2 diabetes. The more you learn about the disease, the more motivated you may be to make good choices and to follow your treatment plan. By understanding what is happening in your body, you may also feel more in control of your disease. If you have type 2 diabetes, your daily routine will include:Eating healthy foods and spreading ...

  7. Type 2 Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Is this topic for you?This topic provides general information about type 2 diabetes and how you can help prevent the disease. If you or your child has type 2 diabetes and you are looking for more specific information on how to live with the disease, see:Type 2 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed, if you have been told recently that you have type 2 diabetes.Type 2 Diabetes: Living With the Disease, if ...

  8. Prediabetes - Symptoms

    Prediabetes is most often a silent condition with no symptoms. However, certain risk factors, such as obesity or lack of exercise, may put you at a higher risk of developing prediabetes. If you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes-which are similar to the risk factors for type 2 diabetes-ask your health professional whether you should be tested. ...

  9. Type 2 Diabetes - What Increases Your Risk

    There are some things that you cannot change that increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes including:Your family history. If you have a parent, brother, or sister who has type 2 diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing the disease. Your race and ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are at greater risk of developing type

  10. Prediabetes - Cause

    Prediabetes occurs when the body does not respond properly to the hormone insulin and therefore cannot keep blood glucose (sugar) levels within a normal range. Blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes. The food you eat turns into blood glucose, or sugar. The bloodstream transports glucose to all the cells in your body to be used for energy. Normally, the pancreas ...

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