Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a disease that causes sugar to build up in the blood stream. There are now three types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and in most cases can be prevented. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and 90% to 95% of them have type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Graphic


With type 2 diabetes, one of two things are happening internally. One is that your body resists the effects of insulin — a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the movement of sugar out of the blood and into your cells for energy. In this situation, the pancreas produces insulin but the body’s cells eventually lose the ability to absorb and use the insulin. This is why some people are said to be insulin resistant. The second thing is your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels normal. Either way, it means that your body does not produce and/or use insulin well enough to regulate blood glucose levels.

Low Carb Diet Challenge


Historically, type 2 diabetes was called “adult onset” diabetes because it often developed in people over the age of 45. However, more and more children, teenagers, and younger adults have developed type 2 diabetes. [1]  Many people can and are controlling their blood sugar levels with a little exercise and a low carb diet for diabetics.

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