What Is Type 2 Diabetes? | 2 Minute Guide | Diabetes UK

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Around 4.2 million people are predicted to be living with type 2 diabetes in the UK, and an estimated 12.3 million people are at risk of type 2 diabetes. But lots of people still don’t know what the condition is.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling very tired, needing to wee a lot, feeling extremely thirsty, cuts and grazes healing slowly and getting infections like thrush.

If you’ve got any of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. For more information about type 2 diabetes check out our dedicated page: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/type-2-diabetes


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We’re leading the fight against the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis. And it’s a fight that involves us all – sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together.

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