Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 80-90% of all people living with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas can’t make enough insulin and the body’s cells can’t respond properly to the insulin that is made. . This leads to high blood glucose levels.

People who are at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and, in some cases, even prevent developing the condition by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This involves regular physical activity, making healthy food choices, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Read more in our Understanding type 2 diabetes factsheet.

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