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What happens to your body if you have type 2 diabetes?

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With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually produces some insulin. But either the amount produced is not enough for the body's needs, or the body's cells are resistant to it. Insulin resistance, or lack of sensitivity to insulin, happens primarily in fat, liver, and muscle cells.

From: Types of Diabetes Mellitus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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