Diabetes mellitus type 2

Common Name(s)

Diabetes mellitus type 2, Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease in which a person has high blood sugar or glucose levels. Glucose is the main energy or fuel source for our body’s cells. Insulin helps our body’s cells take in the glucose from our bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes can result because the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin or due to an inability of the body's cells to recognize insulin. Therefore lack of insulin or the inability of cells to recognize insulin results in increased or high blood glucose levels. Early symptoms may include an increased thirst and hunger, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing sores or increased infections, and darkened areas of skin.

Rates of type 2 diabetes have gone up recently, especially in younger people, as obesity rates have also increased. Other risk factors include fat distributed mainly in the belly, inactivity, family history, race, and age. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels for an extended period of time can cause damage to blood vessels, the kidney, nerves, eyes, feet, skin and mouth, hearing, and greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and heart attack. There's no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you may be able to manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise aren't enough to manage your blood sugar well, you also may need diabetes medications or insulin therapy. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, talk with your doctor about treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and support.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Diabetes mellitus type 2" for support, advocacy or research.

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Diabetes Hands Foundation

We work to connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes while keeping in mind a vision of a world where people with diabetes and their loved ones do not feel alone, understand and manage a life with diabetes and work together towards a better future.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2013

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Taking Control of Your Diabetes

Guided by the belief that every person with diabetes has the right to live a healthy, happy, and productive life, Taking Control of Your Diabetes educates and motivates people with diabetes to take a more active role in their condition and provides innovative and integrative continuing diabetes education to medical professionals caring for people with diabetes.

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Diabetes mellitus type 2" for support, advocacy or research.

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Diabetes Hands Foundation

We work to connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes while keeping in mind a vision of a world where people with diabetes and their loved ones do not feel alone, understand and manage a life with diabetes and work together towards a better future.

http://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2013

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Taking Control of Your Diabetes

Guided by the belief that every person with diabetes has the right to live a healthy, happy, and productive life, Taking Control of Your Diabetes educates and motivates people with diabetes to take a more active role in their condition and provides innovative and integrative continuing diabetes education to medical professionals caring for people with diabetes.

http://www.tcoyd.org

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Diabetes mellitus type 2" returned 1496 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The influence of peripheral neuropathy, gender, and obesity on the postural stability of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
 

Author(s): Aline Herrera-Rangel, Catalina Aranda-Moreno, Teresa Mantilla-Ochoa, Lylia Zainos-Saucedo, Kathrine Jáuregui-Renaud

Journal: J Diabetes Res. 2014 ;2014():787202.

 

To assess the influence of peripheral neuropathy, gender, and obesity on the postural stability of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2014

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Metformin and low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
 

Author(s): Jean-Pascal Fournier, Hui Yin, Oriana Hoi Yun Yu, Laurent Azoulay

Journal: CMAJ. 2014 Oct;186(15):1138-45.

 

Small cross-sectional studies have suggested that metformin, a first-line oral hypoglycemic agent, may lower thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Our objective was to determine whether the use of metformin monotherapy, when compared with sulfonylurea monotherapy, is associated ...

Last Updated: 21 Oct 2014

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Hyperglycemic crisis precipitated by Lassa fever in a patient with previously undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus.
 

Author(s): A E Edo, E Okaka, I U Ezeani

Journal: Niger J Clin Pract. ;17(5):658-61.

 

Hyperglycemic crisis (HC) is an acute complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) that is commonly precipitated by infections and non-compliance with therapy. Viral precipitant of HC is uncommon. To report a rare case of HC unmasked by Lassa fever in a patient previously not known to have ...

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Diabetes mellitus type 2" returned 231 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Effect of long-term exposure to air pollution on type 2 diabetes mellitus risk: a systemic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies.
 

Author(s): Bin Wang, Donghua Xu, Zhaohai Jing, Dawei Liu, Shengli Yan, Yangang Wang

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2014 Nov;171(5):R173-82.

 

To assess the effect of long-term exposure to air pollution on type 2 diabetes risk, a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies was performed.

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2014

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Improving the adherence of type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with pharmacy care: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Sunya-Lee Antoine, Dawid Pieper, Tim Mathes, Michaela Eikermann

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Oral medication for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus plays an important role in diabetes care and is associated with a high level self-care behavior and self-management. However, poor adherence to diabetes treatment is common which causes severe health complications and increased ...

Last Updated: 22 Jul 2014

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Association between eNOS 4b/a polymorphism and the risk of diabetic retinopathy in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Ze-jun Ma, Rui Chen, Hui-Zhu Ren, Xin Guo, Jun Guo, Li-ming Chen

Journal: J Diabetes Res. 2014 ;2014():549747.

 

Many studies have assessed the association between eNOS-4b/a polymorphism and the risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR) among type 2 diabetic subjects. However, the results are inconsistent. In order to derive a more precise estimation of the association, a meta-analysis was conducted. ...

Last Updated: 4 Jun 2014

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Effect of Liraglutide on Cardiovascular Endpoints in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Metabolic Syndrome; Cardiovascular Disease; Diastolic Dysfunction; Fatty Liver

 

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2014

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Tele-Diab: Electronic Diary for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Insulin Resistance

 

Last Updated: 4 Aug 2011

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Outpatient Discharge Therapy With Saxagliptin+MetforminXR vs GlipizideXL for Type 2 Diabetes With Severe Hyperglycemia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Severe Hyperglycemia - Blood Glucose Level >300mg/dl.

 

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2011

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