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Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes 

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes — about 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. Type 2 diabetes was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is nearing epidemic proportions, driven by both an increased number of older Americans and a greater prevalence of obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

In type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin, but the insulin can't do its job, so glucose is not getting into the cells. Treatment includes making healthy food choices, getting regular physical activity, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body generally produces less and less insulin over time. This means that you may need to start using insulin or taking other medications in order to keep your diabetes in good control.