Test Your Knowledge About Diabetes
What is type 2
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce
enough insulin or when the body does not use the insulin
that is produced effectively. Ninety per cent of people with
diabetes have type 2.
Is diabetes serious?
Diabetes is the leading cause of death by disease. If it is
left untreated or improperly managed, the high levels of
blood sugar associated with diabetes can slowly damage both
the small and large vessels in the body, resulting in a
variety of complications, including heart disease, adult
blindness, serious kidney disease and limb amputations.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of diabetes include the following:
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
Frequent or recurring infections
Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
It is also important to recognize that many people who have
type 2 diabetes may display no symptoms.
Can you prevent diabetes?
Scientists believe that lifestyle and type 2 diabetes are
closely linked. This means that lifestyle is one area
individuals can focus on to help prevent or delay the onset
of the disease.