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Understanding type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 80-90% of all people living with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas can’t make enough insulin and the body’s cells can’t respond properly to the insulin that is made.  This leads to high blood glucose levels.


People who are at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and, in some cases, even prevent developing the condition by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This involves regular physical activity, making healthy food choices, and maintaining a healthy weight.


This fact sheet provides information on type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Who is at risk of type 2 diabetes?
  • Can type 2 diabetes be prevented or cured?
  • What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?
  • How is type 2 diabetes managed?
  • How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?
  • Who can help with your diabetes?


This fact sheet has been translated into Arabic, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.


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