Basics & Treatment: Type 2 Diabetes

Overview

  • About Type 2 Diabetes

    About 24 million Americans—almost 7% of the nation's population—have type 2 diabetes.

  • Causes & Risk Factors

    If you’re over 45, have a family history of diabetes and carry excessive body weight, you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • Symptoms

    Some people with type 2 diabetes experience frequent urination, excessive thirst, blurry eyesight and tingling/numbness in the hands and feet, while others may have the condition for years without knowing it.

  • Diagnosis

    After taking a medical and family history, your healthcare provider will likely conduct tests that measure your blood sugar levels. Here’s what you can expect.

Treatment

  • On Insulin? You Can Keep Your Weight in Check!

    When it comes to reining in high blood sugar, insulin is a magic bullet. But there can be a downside: weight gain. Read on to find out how to keep the pounds at bay and reap all the benefits insulin has to offer!

  • Injecting Insulin?

    Read these must-know tips to prevent scarring and boost effectiveness.

  • Treatment

    Explore your treatment options, and find out how to work with your healthcare provider to develop a plan that’s right for you.

  • Starting Insulin: When Pills Are Not Enough

    Is it time to add insulin to your diabetes-care regimen?

  • A Guide to Integrative Medicine for Diabetes

    Although they can’t replace prescribed medications, a number of complementary treatments may help improve type 2 diabetes.

Newly Diagnosed

  • Your Healthcare Team

    Find out who's who on your healthcare team.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: 10 Questions to Ask

    It's important to develop an open relationship with your healthcare providers so that you get the care you need. Here are some important questions to ask at your next appointment.

  • Do you Have the Diabetes That’s in Between?

    It’s called type 1.5 diabetes, also known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). About 10% of people with diabetes have it, making it even more widespread than type 1.

  • 8 Ways to Cope With Your Emotions

    Don’t let the news of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis throw you for a loop. Here’s how to manage your emotions and take control.

  • Say Goodbye to “Diabetes Guilt”

    A common reaction to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis is, “I brought this on myself.” Sound familiar? Try these simple steps to help you fend off guilt.