Family History

Heredity plays a large part in the development of type 2 diabetes. If you have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes, your chances of developing the disease double. And there is a concordance rate of up to 90 percent among identical twins with type 2, meaning that in up to 90 percent of cases […]

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Not Just for Adults Anymore

Type 2 diabetes, once considered an “adults only” disease, is appearing in children and teens in epidemic proportions. In 2000, an expert panel of the American Diabetes Association estimated that on average 20 percent of newly diagnosed diabetes in children was type 2, and 85 percent of those children were obese. This alarming surge in […]

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Prediabetes

Type 2 diabetes does not strike without warning. Prediabetes, also known as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) , precedes the condition by months, years, and sometimes even decades. As the name suggests, prediabetes is defined by blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to indicate diabetes. […]

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Hyperinsulinemia

Hyperglycemia is not the only danger in type 2 diabetes. As glucose levels build up in the bloodstream, the pancreas kicks out more and more insulin in an effort to bring them back down. Consistently high levels of circulating insulin is a condition known as hyperinsulinemia. Essential People with type 2 can also develop diabetic […]

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