Type 2 Diabetes

Monday, December 08, 2014

Type 2 diabetes, once called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90 to 95 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isnt able to keep up and cant make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care. More common in adults, type 2 diabetes increasingly affects children as childhood obesity increases.

Theres no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you may be able to manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

If diet and exercise arent enough to manage your blood sugar well, you also may need diabetes medications or insulin therapy. Good communication with a team of experts can help you feel in control and respond to changing needs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.