Type 2 Diabetes

what would it like to be with type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes Statistics

The 2005 Australian AusDiab Follow-up Study (Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study) showed that 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but that up to half of the cases of type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. The final financial cost is around $10.3 billion for type two diabetes.


Some key facts

  • 347 million people worldwide have diabetes* (1).
  • In 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high fasting blood sugar (2).
  • More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (3).
  • WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030 (4).
  • Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.


Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4cup butter
  • 3/4cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute blend* equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3cup cold water
  • 3/4cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4cup canola oil
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4cups all-purpose flour**
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil up over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with nonstick spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat; remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and the water. Whisk in egg, oil, and vanilla until combined. Stir in 1 cup of the flour and the baking powder until combined. (Batter will be thin at this point.) Place peanut butter in a small bowl; gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the batter until smooth. Set aside. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup flour and the cocoa powder. Stir into the plain batter; stir in chocolate pieces. Pour chocolate batter into prepared pan.

3. Drop peanut butter batter in small mounds over chocolate batter in pan. Using a thin metal spatula, swirl batters together. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes* or until top springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

How type 2 diabetes develops

High Risks of Type Two Diabetes

Anyone can get type 2 diabetes. However, those at highest risk for the disease are those who

  • Are over 45
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Have had gestational diabetes
  • Have family members who have type 2 diabetes
  • Have prediabetes
  • Are inactive
  • Have low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides levels
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are members of certain racial or ethnic groups

The Symptoms o type two diabetes

  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Itching and skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings.