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Diabetes (Elevated blood sugar) affects an estimated 18.2 million Americans, and the number rises each year.

Coke-Increases-Diabetes-by-20-percentType 2 diabetes, often called non-insulin dependant diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% – 95% of the 18.2 million people with diabetes.

Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes produce insulin; however,   the insulin their pancreas secretes is either not enough or the body is unable to recognize   the insulin and use it properly. 

This is called insulin resistance. When there isn't enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose (sugar) can't get into the body's cells. When glucose builds up in  the blood instead of going into cells, the body's cells are not able to function properly. Other problems associated with the build up of glucose in the blood include:

Anyone can get type 2 diabetes. However, those at highest risk for the disease are those who are obese or overweight, women who have had gestational diabetes, people with family members who have type 2 diabetes and people who have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that include high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good 'HDL' cholesterol and a high bad 'LDL' cholesterol and high blood pressure).

In addition, older people are more susceptible to developing the disease since aging makes the body less tolerant of sugars. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes vary from person to person but may include

·Increased thirst.

Dr Todd Leslie Diabetes_Finley Doctor·Increased hunger (especially after eating).

·Dry mouth.

·Nausea and occasionally vomiting.

·Frequent urination.

·Fatigue (weak, tired feeling).

·Blurred vision.

·Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet.

·Frequent infections of the skin or urinary tract.



If your health care provider suspects type 2 diabetes, he or she will first check for abnormalities in your blood (high blood glucose level).  


Levels greater than 126 on a fasting basis are considered diabetic.  If your blood sugar goes over 200 then it is most probably diabetes.

It is important to have your glucose checked regularly by your family physician.







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