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What is the most common form of diabetes that affects Americans?

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting almost 18 million Americans. While most of these cases can be prevented, it remains for adults the leading cause of diabetes-related complications such as blindness, non-traumatic amputations, and chronic kidney failure requiring dialysis. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in people over age 40 who are overweight, but can occur in people who are not overweight. Sometimes referred to as "adult-onset diabetes," type 2 diabetes has started to appear more often in children because of the rise in obesity in young people.

From: Diabetes Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Diabetes Educational Program: "I Have Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Introduction to Diabetes."

JAMA Patient Page: "Diabetes."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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