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Understanding type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 85–90% of all people living with diabetes.

Understanding-type-2-diabetesDiabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Glucose is an important source of energy for your body. It comes from carbohydrate foods that you eat, such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals, fruits, starchy vegetables, milk and yoghurt. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which then enters your bloodstream.

Insulin is made in your body by the pancreas. Insulin is needed to allow glucose from the bloodstream to enter the body cells and be used for energy.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas can’t make enough insulin and the body cells can’t respond properly to the insulin.

This leads to high blood glucose levels.

Learn about 'Understanding type 2 diabetes':

  • Who is at risk of type 2 diabetes?
  • Can type 2 diabetes be prevented or cured?
  • What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?
  • How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?
  • How is type 2 diabetes managed?
  • Who can help with your diabetes?

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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.