Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, making up approximately 95 percent of adult cases. It occurs when your body does not make or use insulin well.
Although individuals can develop this type of diabetes at any age, it most often occurs in middle-aged and older people. In fact, diabetes affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. Other risk factors include a family history of diabetes, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and health problems such as high blood pressure.
Your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes increases if you have prediabetes or had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant. In addition, diabetes is more common in people who are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.
Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes develop slowly, so you may not notice them, or you may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms may include:
- Increased hunger, thirst, and urination
- Feeling tired
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
- Sores that do not heal
- Unexplained weight loss
Why Choose UHealth?
Personalized care for your life with Type 2 diabetes. Our leading experts use a multidisciplinary approach to enhance your patient experience, assist with chronic disease management, and improve health outcomes. The team includes endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, nephrologists, dietitians, nutrition educators, and others.
Practical, up-to-date resources to enhance quality of life. As part of the Diabetes Research Institute, our team of specialists is part of the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment of diabetes and endocrine disorders. Sharing the most current medical therapies and research findings, we help you and your family make healthy lifestyle choices.