Type 2 Diabetes
At MaineHealth, we have experienced health care teams to work closely with you and your family to develop and provide the right care plan for testing, treating and managing your Type 2 diabetes.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
With Type 2 diabetes, your body does not efficiently use sugar as a source of energy because your body does not make or use insulin as it should. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose (sugar) get into the cells of your body. In Type 2 diabetes, the sugar builds up in your blood instead of getting into the cells where it is needed. The buildup can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and infections and circulation problems that can lead to the loss of limbs.
Who’s at risk of Type 2 diabetes?
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include: older age, being overweight or obese, family history of diabetes, sedentary lifestyle (not getting enough exercise and physical activity) and certain ethnic groups. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but now more children are getting Type 2 diabetes.
Know Type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms
Type 2 diabetes symptoms can happen slowly over time. Some people do not notice symptoms. Type 2 diabetes symptoms can include:
Screening for Type 2 diabetes
If you have any of the above symptoms, call your doctor. Blood tests can show if you have Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends routine screening for Type 2 diabetes, if you’re 45 or older. Screening for Type 2 diabetes is recommended for people who are under age 45 and overweight.
Treating Type 2 diabetes
There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes. But people can control and manage Type 2 diabetes with:
Regular exercise and increased physical activity
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
Diabetes medication and insulin therapy, as prescribed
Checking blood sugars