Type 2 Diabetes
10 Facts About Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar levels but in a different way from type 1 diabetes.
2. With type 2 diabetes the body still makes insulin but the person with type 2 diabetes doesn't respond normally to the insulin that the body does make.
3. Glucose is less able to enter the cells and do their job of supplying energy.
4. When glucose can’t get into the cells this way the doctors call it insulin resistance.
5. There may be insulin in the person's body but, because it doesn’t work properly the pancreas detect high blood pressure and make more insulin.
6. The pancreas could after time wear out from working so hard to produce extra insulin so, after time the pancreas will stop producing any insulin.
7. When people get high blood pressure it is a sign that they can have diabetes.
8. Some people have to get insulin shots or take pills to make sure that they have the correct amount of insulin.
9. Need to have regular checkups with the doctor and other people on their health care team so you can stay healthy.
10. You have to check your blood sugar levels regularly.
Five Things a Person Can Do to Maintain or Improve Their Health
Make sure that you take pills, get shots, or have an insulin pump to maintain insulin.
2. Have regular checkups with the doctor and other people on their health care team so you can stay healthy.
3. Check your blood sugar levels regularly.
4. Make sure to have a balanced diet.
5. Get regular exercise and physical activity.
Formal (medical) name of the disease or condition:
Gestational diabetes mellitus
Common name for disease or condition and/or nickname:
Who gets it?
Anyone can get this disease but scientists think that it is more common with obese people, kids over 10, and people with family members that got it.
People who get the disease or have the condition: (Who is at greatest risk?)
The people who are at risk to get it are people over 12 years old.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
High blood pressure
Low insulin levels
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
The doctors can tell by the blood pressure and insulin levels.
CAN IT BE FATAL?
Type 2 diabetes can be fatal but people don’t usually die from it because they get insulin and frequent checkups at the doctor.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF TYPE 2 DIABETES?
There is research going on but nothing else except insulin shots.