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What is type 2 diabetes?

If you or someone you love has diabetes, know that you can do something about it. I’m living proof of that, but I had to educate myself first. 

Before you can manage diabetes and the risk factors that come along with it, you’ve got to understand it. You ready? Let’s do this!

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Here’s the scoop on type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes happens when the body doesn't make enough insulin naturally or respond to insulin the way it should. Insulin has an important job in lowering blood sugar and, with type 2 diabetes, the body has a tougher time managing it.

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Turning that food into energy

Our bodies are pretty amazing. They change the food we eat into energy. Insulin is a big part of that process.

Anyone can get type 2 diabetes, but some people are at greater risk than others

Some common risk factors include:

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Being overweight or obese
Your age
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A sedentary lifestyle
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Having a family member such as a parent, brother, or sister who has diabetes
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Being a member of a high-risk ethnic group, which includes African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans
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Talk to your doctor about cardiovascular risk factors

Did you know that when you’ve got type 2 diabetes, it puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease? It’s time to get real. It can be scary, but diabetes isn’t going to disappear and neither is the risk of cardiovascular disease. Talk to your doctor about the link between cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Not sure what to ask? We've got you. 

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The bottom line

You’ve gotta take charge. High blood sugar can also damage your body by increasing your cardiovascular risk. So take steps to lower your risk of complications. Talking to my doctor to create a management plan was one of the most important conversations I've ever had with my doctor. You're tougher than your diabetes, hands down. 

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death and
disability for people
with type 2 diabetes

Know your cardiovascular risk—and what you can do about it

Recognizing the link between cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is the first step toward lowering your risk. 

Get real about your risk

How Anthony got real about diabetes

Here's how Anthony got real about eating healthy, being active, and listening to his doctor.

Check out his story

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