Understanding type 2 diabetes

Even though the most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, there’s a lot that may be misunderstood about this disease. These misconceptions may lead people to feeling guilty about a diagnosis. Developing type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean you are a bad person; it means your body may not be functioning correctly. Through healthy lifestyle changes — and sometimes with the help of medication — you may decrease complications and live a long and fulfilling life. 1

Frequently asked questions about type 2 diabetes

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can download our Diabetes Toolkit to help you learn more about your condition.

Footnotes

  1. Prevent Complications www.cdc.org, 2019.
  2. Type 2 diabetes www.mayoclinic.org, 2021.
  3. Genetics of Diabetes www.diabetes.org, 2021.
  4. Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes www.niddk.nih.gov, 2016.
  5. Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control www.mayoclinic.org, 2019.
  6. Type 2 Diabetes www.diabetes.org, 2021.
  7. Barriers to fitness: Overcoming common challenges www.mayoclinic.org, 2019.
  8. Fruit and vegetable intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus: systematic review and meta-analysis www.bmj.com, 2010.
  9. Diabetes Meal Planning www.cdc.gov, 2020.
  10. Questions and Answers on food and diet diabetesaction.org, 2021.
  11. Diabetes Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity www.niddk.nih.gov, 2016.
  12. What is insulin? www.yourhormones.info, 2018.
  13. Type 1 Diabetes: What Is It? kidshealth.org, 2018.
  14. Prediabetes www.mayoclinic.org, 2020.
  15. Type 2 Diabetes www.cdc.gov, 2019.
  16. Living Healthy with Diabetes www.heart.org, 2020.
  17. Prevent Complications www.cdc.gov, 2019.
  18. Diabetes and Foot Problems www.niddk.nih.gov, 2017.
  19. Diabetes and Teeth www.mouthhealthy.org, 2021.
  20. Understanding A1C www.diabetes.org, 2021.