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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects older people, more and more younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes.

Unlike someone with type 1 diabetes, with type 2 diabetes the body still produces insulin, but it is not produced in the amount the body needs and it does not work effectively.


Body produces insulin but it does not work effectively

Glucose is less able to enter the cells and supply energy

This is called ‘insulin resistance’


Blood glucose levels rise

Pancreas tries to produce even more insulin to make up for the shortfall

Pancreas can wear out from working overtime to produce extra insulin


Pancreas no longer able to produce enough insulin

Blood glucose levels no longer
in normal range

Person develops type 2 diabetes


For more information on type 2 diabetes visit the Diabetes Australia website. 

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