Type 2 Diabetes Basics

The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or about 8 percent of the population, has some form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes—the most common type—leads to abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood and is often a precursor to more serious problems if left untreated.

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with the condition, flagged for pre-diabetes, or are worried about your risk factors, we’ve got the information you need. Evaluate your symptoms, discover treatment options, and get help managing your condition—from learning how to monitor your glucose to eating a diabetes-friendly diet. Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition, but you can control how you let it affect your life.   

Learn About Type 2 Diabetes

The Long-Term Effects of Type 2 Diabetes

Use our interactive, 3-D tool to see the long-term damage diabetes can do to the body.

Type 2 Diabetes Statistics and Facts

How many Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes? What the life expectancy of a diabetes patient?

Type 2 Diabetes 101

If you're trying to get a hold of diabetes, but aren't sure where to start, here's an introduction to the disease.

Glucose and the Body

Understand how glucose affects the body and what different blood glucose levels mean is essential to understanding diabetes.

Diabetes: Is it In Your Genes?

Type 2 diabetes commonly runs in families. But is it passed down genetically or is it the result of behavioral patterns learned at home?

The Smoking and Diabetes Connection

Smoking has a negative effect on every organ of your body. Find out exactly why this matters for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes: What's Next?

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, you may have a lot of questions.

Understanding a Diabetes Diagnosis

Getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can come as a shock. But it's important to remember that it isn't a death sentence.

The Prediabetes and Diabetes Connection

Seventy-nine million people in the United States have prediabetes. Does a prediabetes diagnosis mean that diabetes is around the corner?

The History of Type 2 Diabetes

Recognized by the Ancient Egyptians as early as 1550 BCE, type 2 diabetes is one disease that has been with civilizations for centuries.


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