Type 2 Diabetes: Fact or Fiction

With so many myths surrounding type 2 diabetes, it's hard to know what's true and what isn't! In this eMedTV slideshow, we separate fact from fiction, with frank answers on what causes the condition, the role of sugar in your diet, type 2 diabetes in children, and more.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Fact or Fiction
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Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes

The jury is still out on this one. You'll see this often listed as a myth, and for years it was thought that sugar only indirectly contributed to the development of type 2 diabetes, since eating too much sugar is linked to obesity, which is a definite risk factor for type 2 diabetes. However, a groundbreaking 2013 study suggested that the more sugar that is available in a population's food supply, the greater the risk for diabetes, independent of obesity.

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Effects of Diabetes

Diabetes affects many parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. This eMedTV video segment looks at diabetes and its effects.

Understanding Diabetes

This video clips explains type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

How Is Diabetes Diagnosed?

This multimedia clip explains how diabetes is diagnosed.

Treatment for Diabetes

This video clips talks about treatment for diabetes and why it is important.

Diabetic Diet

Diabetics should follow a strict diet to keep their blood sugar under control. This eMedTV video clip outlines what is involved with a diabetic diet.

Diabetes and Its Effects on the Eyes

This video clip looks at diabetes and its effects on the eyes. Included is a description of diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetes and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Diabetes can affect the kidneys. This video clip discusses how and it possible impact.

Diabetes and Its Effect on the Heart and Blood Vessels

This video clip talks about how diabetes can affect the heart and blood vessels.

How Does Diabetes Affect Nerves?

Diabetic neuropathy is a common condition seen in people with diabetes. This video clip by eMedTV looks at this condition.

EGD With Balloon Dilation

This video explains the process of the upper endoscopy (EGD) procedure with balloon dilation.

Understanding Cataracts

Cataracts are usually the result of the normal aging process. This video discusses how cataracts develop.

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