What is Type 2 Diabetes?

When you eat, your food is broken down into a sugar called glucose. Glucose gives your body the energy it needs to work. But to use glucose as energy, your body needs insulin.

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or use it well. Since your body’s cells can’t use the glucose from your food as energy, the glucose stays in your blood, where it can cause serious problems.

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range. Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.

Diabetes Educational Videos

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Diabetes Overview Video

Type-2 Diabetes Video


Diabetes Resource Links:

  1. Diabetes Education Print Materials
  2. Diabetes.org Type-2 Diabetes Information
  3. CDC Diabetes Educational Information
  4. dlife.com – For Your Diabetes Life
  5. National Diabetes Education Program
  6. diabetes.org Homepage

Handouts, Recipes, and Goal-Setting:

  1. Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors
  2. Taking Care of Type 2 Diabetes
  3. Recipes
  4. Goal Setting

Self-Management Help

  1. Blood Sugar Log
  2. Blood Pressure Log
  3. Daily Food Diary
  4. Fitness Diary

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