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What is type 2 diabetes?

What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a different condition to type 1 diabetes. It is caused by either the body not producing enough insulin or the insulin that is being produced isn't working properly.  
 
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
 
  • frequent urination
  • blurred vision
  • weight loss in some people
  • thrush or genital itching
  • tiredness
  • thirst
  • slow healing of cuts or wounds
When you have type 2 diabetes it is important to pay attention to eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise. You may be given tablets to take or insulin to inject as well as diet management. It is important that you take your medication to help control your diabetes.  If you aren't clear about when or how much medication to take, especially in relation to mealtimes, speak to your doctor or nurse
 
Find out more about type 2 diabetes on the Diabetes UK website, here

You can download our factsheet on type 2 diabetes on the right.

Call our Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525 to find out more about, and order other support materials. View all available support materials by visiting our supporting materials section
 
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