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Type 2 diabetes

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Introduction
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
Some diabetes symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Each type also has its own particular symptoms.
Causes of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced to maintain normal blood glucose levels, or your body is unable to use the insulin that is produced.
Diagnosing type 2 diabetes
It is important for diabetes to be diagnosed early so that treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Treating type 2 diabetes
Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and to control your symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life.
Complications caused by diabetes
If diabetes is not treated, it can lead to a number of different health problems. High glucose levels can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
Type 2 diabetes - looking after yourself
If you have type 2 diabetes, you will need to look after your health very carefully.
"There's no reason why you can’t achieve your dreams"
After his victory at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Sir Steve Redgrave became the only British athlete ever to win five consecutive Olympic gold medals.
"If you have worries, get tested"
Clare Mehmet, a 58-year-old retired telecommunications interpreter, found out by chance that she had type 2 diabetes 10 years ago.
"Becoming diabetic forced me to change my life around"
When Charles Torkington, 54, was diagnosed with diabetes it gave him the determination to change his diet and his life.
"My children can’t believe how good their mum looks!"
Shafina Bibi was shocked to hear she had diabetes. But now she’s changed her lifestyle and has never felt better.
"Diabetes can severely affect African-Caribbean and Asian people"
Grace Vanterpool MBE, a nurse consultant in diabetes, talks about her support work and raising awareness of the condition.
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