Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar levels. It usually starts later in life, typically around middle age or older, and progresses gradually over time.
This can have implications for a person's health as time goes on.
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Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly and people may not know they have it until symptoms become obvious. Often this can mean that health complications have already begun before a diagnosis is confirmed, so it’s really important that you visit your doctor for a check-up if you feel that you are developing symptoms.
The good news is that if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you may be able to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes.
Your doctor may prescribe a non-insulin therapy when you start type 2 diabetes treatment. You may continue taking some of these, even if you start insulin treatment.