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Common diabetes questions

Find out about type 2 diabetes, and what you can do to best manage your health once you have been diagnosed. For questions about eating with diabetes, please see our Food section.

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    What is type 2 diabetes?
  • graph comparing healthcare team input to larger amount of individual's input
    What is self-management?
  • why-learn-more
    Why learn more about diabetes?
  • Illustration of human body in reaction to increased glucose and insulin.
    What happens if I don't control my diabetes?
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    What causes type 2 diabetes?
  • dictionary entry for diabetes
    Are there other types of diabetes?
  • crowd of people
    Who gets type 2 diabetes?
  • pipette dropping liquid for a test
    Is there a cure?
  • man shopping for vegetables
    How can I take care of myself?

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What is type 2 diabetes?  

Our 7-minute video provides an overview of what type 2 diabetes is and what happens inside the body.
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What is Type 2 Diabetes?