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Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. It is high blood sugar levels due to your body not making enough of a hormone called insulin, or what it makes not working properly — known as insulin resistance.

Treatment includes eating well and moving more. Some people may also need to take diabetes medication such as metformin or insulin

Type 2 diabetes can go undiagnosed for years if symptoms are missed. Left untreated high blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems called diabetes complications.

Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes but it mostly affects people over 25 often with a family history.

Type 2 diabetes doesn't just affect people living with overweight or obesity, although this is one of the risk factors, along with ethnicity.

There’s no cure but some people with type 2 diabetes can put their diabetes into remission by losing a significant amount of weight.


How to prevent type 2 diabetes

Find out how type 2 diabetes may be prevented in some cases.

Find out the symptoms of type 2 diabetes

In some people type 2 diabetes can go undiagnosed - know what symptoms to look out for.

What causes type 2 diabetes?

Not everyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes lives with obesity or overweight. Find out the different causes.

Type 2 diabetes treatments

Insulin is just one of the treatments offered to some people with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 medicine

Find out what types of medicine and tablets are available for type 2 diabetes.

Reversing type 2 diabetes

Find out how you may be able to reverse your diabetes. We call it remission.

Ethnicity and type 2 diabetes

Find out how ethnicity affects your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Young people and type 2 diabetes

Tips and information if you have type 2 diabetes or want to try and prevent it.

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Content last reviewed
18 May 2023
Next review due
18 May 2026
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