What is Type 2 Diabetes?

When you eat, your food is broken down into a sugar called glucose.

Glucose gives your body the energy it needs to work. But to use glucose as energy, your body needs insulin.

When you have Type 2 Diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or use it well.

Since your body's cells can’t use the glucose from your food as energy, the glucose stays in your blood, where it can cause serious problems.

You Can Manage Your Diabetes

There is no cure for Type 2 Diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) can keep yourblood glucosein a healthy range.

Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives.