Type 2

What is type 2 diabetes?

  • Reduction of insulin production or ineffective use
  • Is the most common form of diabetes accounting for 83% of those with diabetes in Australia.
  • Mostly occurs in people over 40 years
  • Now seen in children.
  • Has a strong genetic (family) link
  • Brought on by lifestyle factors including obesity and lack of exercise and some other health conditions

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme tiredness or feeling lethargic
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings
  • Slow healing

Type 2 diabetes can be managed by:

  • Changes to diet
  • Increase in exercise
  • Use of glucose-lowering drugs, insulin injections, or a combination of both.
  • Managing type 2 diabetes helps reduce complications developing. We recommend you see your doctor regularly and investigate ways to help control blood glucose levels.

Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes:

  • Family history
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Other health conditions

Facts about diabetes in Australia

  • 1.7m people live with diabetes in Australia.
  • 83% of these have type 2 diabetes.
  • For every diagnosed case of type 2 diabetes, there is one undiagnosed case.
  • Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness
  • There is no such thing as good or bad diabetes, all types are serious health conditions and require careful management

 

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