Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body convert food into energy. Without insulin, glucose (sugar) from the food you eat cannot enter cells, causing your body tissue to become starved for energy.
Chronic diseases are rarely reversible, but most are preceded by a set of symptoms or conditions that serve as a warning, which, if heeded, can effectively alter the course of your health. Type 2 diabetes is one such disease, and in most cases, it can be prevented.
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
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