Type 2 diabetes at a glance

How it can be managed and sometimes prevented.

Marcia Frellick

HealthKey.com contributor

November 2, 2009


Most people with diabetes - 90 percent to 95 percent - have type 2, once called adult-onset diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. Unlike those with type 1, the pancreas secretes insulin, but the body can't use it properly, so it secretes more and more, but can't keep up with the body's demand.

Here are five key points about the disease:


National Institutes of Health

Mayo Clinic

American Diabetes Association