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Formerly known as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that occurs when your blood levels of glucose (a form of sugar) are too high. Type 2 diabetes is most common in people over age 40, and it is often linked to obesity, lack of activity, family history, and ethnicity.
 
Some of the symptoms include:
 
  • Feeling excessively thirsty
  • Urinating frequently
  • Healing slowly from cuts and bruises.
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Type 2 diabetes can lead to dangerous health problems, including:
 
Fortunately, high glucose levels can be managed to help control symptoms and prevent or delay future problems. Medications, meal planning, and physical activity are the mainstays of treatment.
 
(Click Type 2 Diabetes for more information about this serious health condition, including other possible symptoms and an explanation of how glucose and insulin work.)
 
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