Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or controlled once diagnosed.
Blood tests are used to diagnosis diabetes and prediabetes because disease type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms in the early stages. The test is repeated before a diagnosis is confirmed.
In order to detect or prevent complications people with diabetes are advised to have several tests and checkups each year.
There are several misperceptions and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina — is the leading cause of new blindness in persons aged 25 to 74 years in the United States.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for more than 43 percent of new cases.
With a change in lifestyle, researchers have found that people at risk of type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
Researchers have found that just one 12-ounce serving a day of a sugar-sweetened beverage can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The eating plan recommended for those with diabetes is the same as that recommended for everyone.
People with diabetes must watch their consumption of carbohydrates, which are sugar, starch and fiber.
This recipe for chickpea salad is low in sodium, but high in fiber and protein.
Regular exercise, or physical activity, is recommended for those with diabetes to help control their blood glucose levels.
Although diabetes is often silent in the initial stages, specific symptoms emerge as the disease progresses. Poor control of glucose levels increases the risk of complications of diabetes.