How does it happen?
The body is either unable to make sufficient amounts of insulin or use insulin properly.
How does it affect your body?
Sugar accumulates in the blood instead of being used as energy.
How many people are affected?
About 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
Who is at increased risk?
Type 2 diabetes mainly occurs in adults, but can develop in children as well.
Being overweight and lack of physical activity are considered two of the most common causes of type 2 diabetes.1 You might be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes if you have1,2 –
You might be at risk if your parent, brother or sister has type 2 diabetes
Having high blood pressure levels elevates risk
Low good cholesterol levels or high fat levels in body is a cause
Inactive lifestyle, high-fat diet and being overweight increases risk
Risk increases if your age is 45 years or more
Having diabetes during pregnancy or having a baby weighing more than 4 kgs can increase the risk
*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.