Type II Diabetes News

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all cases of diabetes in the United States. Most people with type 2 diabetes become insulin resistant, which means the body produces insulin but doesn't use it properly to help transfer glucose, or blood sugar, from the blood into the cells. This causes blood sugar to rise and can lead to a number of complications.

Type 2 diabetes was formerly called "adult-onset diabetes" because it typically develops in adulthood.

Causes

Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented, but not always. Risk factors for the disease include a family history of diabetes, racial or ethnic background, old age, obesity and inactivity, among others. Over time, certain lifestyle factors such as obesity and inactivity can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately to developing type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms

Sometimes people with type 2 diabetes have few symptoms early on. But some warning signs to look for include unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger or thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, numbness in the hands or feet, dry skin, frequent infections and sores that heal slowly. Anyone who begins to experience any of these symptoms should be checked by a doctor. That's because diabetes can be diagnosed with simple blood tests, but left untreated, it can over time lead to serious and life-threatening complications. These can include eye and foot problems, stroke and heart disease, among others.

Treatment

People with type 2 diabetes often have to check their blood sugar frequently to make sure it is under control. This is done with a tool called a blood glucose monitor. Healthy eating and regular exercise also play a critical role in managing type 2 diabetes. Also, medications are often necessary to help with regulating blood sugar, and supplemental insulin may be needed in some instances as well.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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6/26/2017
Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

Researcher now probing whether more severe cases of the skin disorder increase odds of heart problems

6/20/2017
FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips

Previously purchased products may not have been stored properly, could lead to inaccurate results

6/15/2017
Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

Protect yourself from 'pre-diabetes'

6/15/2017
Natural Treatment for Diabetes?

A compound found in broccoli may help control blood sugar levels with patients with type 2 diabetes, new study finds.

6/14/2017
Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

But supplement only seems to help a certain group of people with the disease

6/13/2017
Key Diabetes Test Gives Higher Blood Sugar Readings in Black Patients

Study suggests difference stems from both biological and care issues

6/13/2017
For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

New product much easier to use than rescue injections, researcher says

6/12/2017
Can Folks With Type 2 Diabetes Forgo the Finger Stick?

Self-monitoring of blood sugar had no effect on long-term glucose levels in those not taking insulin, researchers say

6/7/2017
Study Confirms Link Between Diabetes Med and Rare But Dangerous Complication

SLGT2 inhibitors can hike risk for condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis, research shows

6/7/2017
U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study

It's now fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men and No. 8 among women

5/31/2017
The Whole Truth About Whole Fruits

Why it's often better to skip the smoothie

5/25/2017
Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

More than 100,000 people are on the U.S. kidney transplant wait-list

5/19/2017
Suicide by Insulin?

Self-harm and suicidal behavior may not always be obvious in people with diabetes

5/17/2017
Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

Canagliflozin tied to a doubling of amputations of legs, feet, agency says

5/16/2017
Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health

Award-winning actress' mother had type 2 diabetes and died from heart issues

5/4/2017
Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics' Arteries

Resveratrol supplements appeared to aid those with the stiffest blood vessels in small study

4/28/2017
Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

Excess weight appears to amplify the threat, study says

4/25/2017
Obesity Quadruples Kids' Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

About 415 million people worldwide have the disease, which is costly to treat but can be prevented

4/12/2017
Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise

But doctors making headway with heart complications among these patients

3/23/2017
Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

Those with type 2 disease should see eye doc right away, while type 1 patients can wait 5 years

3/21/2017
A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

Study found a link between increases in temperature and more cases of the blood sugar disease

3/15/2017
Intensive Treatment Shows Potential Against Type 2 Diabetes

Up to 40 percent experienced temporary remission, small study finds

3/14/2017
Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

Study finds 3-plus hours each day linked to increased body fat and insulin resistance

3/10/2017
Severe Low Blood Sugar Episode May Up Death Risk in Those With Type 2 Diabetes

Study also found a jump in heart disease and stroke odds

3/9/2017
Downside to Gluten-Free Diets: Diabetes Risk?

People who ate least amount of this protein slightly more likely to develop type 2 disease, study suggests

3/9/2017
1 in 7 Obese People Has Normal Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

But that doesn't mean the excess weight is harmless, researchers say

3/7/2017
Poor Diet Tied to Half of U.S. Deaths From Heart Disease, Diabetes

Study explores which foods and nutrients may be helpful or harmful

2/28/2017
Youth With Type 2 Diabetes Often Face Complications

This growing group has double the problems as peers with type 1 disease, study finds

2/23/2017
Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes Epidemic

Severe gum disease can signal undiagnosed case of blood sugar disease

2/15/2017
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Obese Patients Beat Diabetes

After procedure, some patients were able to stop taking insulin to control their blood sugar, researchers report

2/10/2017
Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Study of obese Hispanic children suggests smog might boost chances of developing the blood sugar disorder

1/31/2017
Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer?

Type 2 diabetes onset or worsening may be early sign of deadly, hard-to-detect cancer, study suggests

1/31/2017
Diabetes Risk May Be Higher for HIV-Positive Adults

Longer survival with the virus might make people more vulnerable to chronic conditions, researchers suggest

1/27/2017
Slim But Sedentary: Risk of Prediabetes May Rise

4 out of 10 'skinny fat' people had higher blood sugar by middle age, study finds

1/12/2017
Wearable Sensors May Spot Illness Before Symptoms Start

New technology could help sense infections, type 2 diabetes and other conditions, scientists say

1/10/2017
Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

Kidney failure down by 54 percent over 2 decades, CDC report finds

1/3/2017
Metformin Still Best as First Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

American College of Physicians updated diabetes guidelines, said second drug can be added

12/20/2016
FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

Dexcom G5 is first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used for treatment decisions

12/1/2016
Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

Study counters notion that vigorous exercise is key to battling the illness

11/29/2016
Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

American Diabetes Association asks Congress to investigate the matter

11/10/2016
Nearly 6 in 10 Diabetics Skip Eye Exams, Study Finds

These annual check-ups could help prevent 95 percent of vision loss

11/10/2016
Daily Can of Soda Boosts Odds for Prediabetes, Study Finds

Diet sodas do not appear to pose the same danger, researcher says

11/8/2016
U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study

They split 50-50, survey shows, on advice aimed at preventing full-blown diabetes

10/26/2016
New Guidelines Urge Diabetics to Move More

They should do light physical activity every 30 minutes, not every 90 minutes

10/19/2016
Exercise and Diabetes Risk

How much and when you exercise may affect your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, studies find.

10/18/2016
Have Type 2 Diabetes? Try Walking After Eating

Study found it lowered blood sugar levels more than other exercise, particularly if done after dinner

10/14/2016
More Evidence Linking Obesity to Liver Cancer

And type 2 diabetes more than doubles the odds, researchers say

10/11/2016
Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease

Risk highest among women born with heart defects or who developed type 2 diabetes, study suggests

10/5/2016
A Better Diabetes Test?

Scientists say their mathematical formula improves accuracy of standard blood screen

10/3/2016
Is Web-Based Test for Prediabetes Faulty?

Assessment finds 8 in 10 Americans over 60 at risk, a conclusion questioned by several experts