What is type 2 diabetes?

  • Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the body does not produce any insulin at all. Around 90% of all adults in the UK with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
  • If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet and monitoring your blood glucose level.
  • However, as type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need to take insulin medication, usually in the form of tablets.

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Type 2 diabetes test urged

All adults aged 40 and above should have a risk assessment for type 2 diabetes, according to the healthcare watchdog.