Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your  body  isn’t  able  to  use insulin properly, resulting in high blood glucose levels.

This  can  lead  to  a  wide  range  of  health  problems  if  not  treated, including poor vision, heart disease or stroke, and kidney damage.

Eighty percent of all type 2 diabetes is preventable if  people keep to a healthy body weight, eat healthier foods and keep physically active.

Symptoms and risk factors 

About 50% of people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms or have not been diagnosed. Others may:

  • Feel very thirsty.
  • Pass a lot of urine.
  • Feel very tired.
  • Have blurred vision.
  • Have urinary infections or skin infections.
  • Find that cuts and grazes heal slowly.

If  you  are  overweight  for  your  height,  have a family member   with  diabetes or have any of the symptoms above, see your doctor or nurse for a check-up. It’s a good idea for Maori,  Pacific  and   Asian  people aged 35 and over to get tested as well as other people aged 45 years and over.

Diagnosing and treating type 2 diabetes

Your doctor will send you for a blood test or you can get  a   blood   glucose test done at a participating Life Pharmacy.

Your Life  Pharmacist  can give you more  information  on    type     2     diabetes, including  how  to   keep  your   blood   glucose   and   blood   pressure within the healthy range. They can also offer advice on taking medicine or insulin if that’s what your doctor prescribes.

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