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What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Type 2 diabetes is a common life-long condition in which the body struggles to properly utilise the insulin created by your pancreas, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. The impaired insulin function leads to an imbalance in glucose regulation, resulting in persistent high blood sugar levels.

You’re at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, if you:

  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are over the age of 40
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Eat a diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats 
  • Are of Asian, Caribbean, African or Middle Eastern descent

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes presents can lead to several long-term complications, so recognising the signs and understanding the potential risks is crucial for early detection and effective management going forward.

Common Symptoms:

  • Frequent peeing: Excess glucose in the bloodstream can overwhelm the kidneys, leading to increased urine production
  • Increased thirst due to the body’s efforts to eliminate excess glucose through urine
  • Feeling tired and lacking energy resulting from the body’s inability to effectively utilise glucose for energy

Type 2 diabetes can lead to severe health problems

If you are living with Type 2 diabetes, it’s important to correctly manage your blood sugar levels and visit your doctor for regular health check ups as it can lead to various health complications.

These include: 

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Foot problems
  • Vision loss and blindness
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Kidney issues
  • Nerve damage

Reduce your likelihood of developing health complications

To prevent health complications from type 2 diabetes, making lifestyle changes is key. Focus on:

  • Eating healthy: Choose balanced meals with whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and veggies while limiting sugary foods and fats.
  • Staying active: Engage in regular physical activity like walking or cycling to improve insulin sensitivity and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Managing weight: Aim for a healthy weight through a nutritious diet and exercise.
  • Taking medication as directed: If you’re prescribed medication, such as metformin, to treat your diabetes, it’s important to take it as instructed

Order Prescriptions and Set Medicine Alarms with Healthera

If you’re living with Type 2 diabetes and you have an ongoing prescription for insulin or other diabetes medications, you can use your Healthera app to place your prescription order with your local pharmacy for collection or home delivery.

Using the app, you can also set accurate medicine alarms that remind you when and how to take your medicine.

To get started, simply click the button below:

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