Type 2 Diabetes Overview

Type 2 diabetes is a very common, serious disease — but has no major symptoms. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 people with type 2 diabetes do not know that they have the condition. How can you prevent it?

Key takeaways:

Controllable risk factors for diabetes are being overweight, eating lots of red meat, lack of physical activity and smoking.

The uncontrollable risk factors are age, ethnicity and family history of diabetes.

Blood sugar levels can be controlled by changing diet, exercising regularly, managing stress and losing extra weight.

If diet and exercise can’t get your blood sugar under control, your doctor may add medication. There are many types of diabetes pills available. They’re often combined. Some work by telling your pancreas to make more insulin. Others help your body use it better or block the digestion of starches.

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http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/ss/slideshow-type-2-diabetes-overview?

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