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Type 2 di­a­betes hap­pens when the body strug­gles to reg­u­late in­sulin, a hor­mone se­creted by the pan­creas. In­sulin car­ries su­gar (glu­cose) to the body’s cells for en­ergy, but also low­ers the amount of su­gar in the blood­stream. When things go hay­wire, the process doesn’t work as well. The body ei­ther re­sists the ef­fects of in­sulin or doesn’t pro­duce enough to cope and su­gar builds up in the blood­stream.

NOTE Type 2 isn’t the same as Type 1 di­a­betes, pre­vi­ously called ju­ve­nile di­a­betes. T1 is an au­toim­mune dis­ease, not re­lated to lifestyle or diet. Peo­ple with T1 re­quire life­long in­sulin ther­apy.

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