can develop at any age - even during childhood
usually comes on slowly
can require insulin, pills, or both because the body can not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes
is treated by using diabetes medications, making healthy food choices, and being physically active
accounts for 90-95% of people with diabetes
Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
You may be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:
are overweight or obese
are over 45 years old
have high blood pressure
have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
are not physically active
are African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Native American
had diabetes during a pregnancy (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds
Use the Risk Calculator to see if you're at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes:
being very thirsty or very hungry
having trouble concentrating
feeling tired most of the time
urinating a lot
having blurry vision
cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
having infections often (such as yeast or skin infections)
Many people with type 2 diabetes do not have any symptoms. If you do have any symptoms, or think you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, ask your doctor or health care provider about getting tested.
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These materials are available from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at www.maclearinghouse.com/category/DIAB.html.
This information is provided by Diabetes Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.
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