Diabetes mellitus, type 2

  • Long-term disorder that affects the ability of the pancreas to produce an adequate amount of insulin
  • May affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include eating abnormally large amounts of food, excessive urination, increased thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, numbness and tingling of the legs and feet
  • Cause often due to an interaction of hereditary and environmental factors but may also include diets high in calories, obesity and sedentary lifestyles
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but common in older adults and becoming more common in children
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe
  • May become life threatening with complications if left untreated

  • Monitor blood sugar regularly
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes per day)
  • Decrease your level of stress where possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Wash feet daily and dry well
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

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