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Diabetes type 2 is usually an age progression disease which has afflicted over 17 million people in the United States alone. Of the total U.S. population, 3 to 5 percent of all Americans under the age of 50 years have had a diabetes diagnose. Moreover, the percentage of diabetics in this country has grown from 10 to 15 percent of those 50 years and older. Type 2 diabetes or adult diabetes is more common than juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes. Although there can be more than one reason a person becomes diabetic (from such causes as pancreatic disease, serious illnesses, alcoholism, and malnutrition), most Americans become diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 due to an extreme lack of exercise and an overweight or obese condition.

Certain ethnic groups are also predisposed to diabetes type 2: African-Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Latin/Hispanic Americans. Ironically enough, those of Japanese, Australian Aboriginal, and East Indian cultures who have left their countries and moved to Western civilizations, are now more inclined towards becoming type 2 diabetics, as well. However, those who have remained in the “old” countries are not as likely to develop the disease and become diagnosed with diabetes.

Although considered a “milder” type of diabetes since it gradually develops and can usually be controlled by diabetic nutrition along with diabetic medicine, type 2 diabetes can still pose a major threat to an individual’s health and life. Without proper treatment for type 2 diabetes and proper management of diabetes glucose levels, the consequences for uncontrolled diabetes type 2 can become just as serious as type 1 diabetes. It may be called noninsulin-dependent diabetes, but type 2 diabetes can become severe enough to require insulin injections when both diabetes diet and diabetes medications are not working.

Diabetes type 2 can also be a result from some other diabetic conditions. One such condition is gestational diabetes, or diabetes pregnancy. Most women who are pregnant usually do not develop this form of temporary diabetes. However, others do develop it during their pregnancy. In about 2 percent of all pregnancies, gestational diabetes will develop within the second or third trimesters. The woman diagnosed with diabetes pregnancy will probably be put on a special diet and may even be put on diabetes insulin. If left untreated this form of diabetes usually will cause greater risks of high blood pressure and with the mother give birth to a baby weighing 9 or more pounds or possibly having a stillbirth. Fortunately, for the woman with gestational diabetes, she will probably no longer have this form of diabetes once her baby is born. However, most women who have had gestational diabetes face a greater risk for becoming diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in approximately 5 to 10 years. Still another risk will confront the child of a gestational diabetic woman. He or she will face the likelihood of developing diabetes type 2 when they become adults, as well as facing the probability of becoming obese as children and, later, as adults.

Another diabetic related condition is pre diabetes. In this condition the blood sugar levels test higher than what is considered as blood sugar level normal. However, the glucose levels are not as high as diabetes blood glucose levels. Within ten years, people who have pre diabetes usually develop type two diabetes. About 57 million Americans have pre diabetes. Diabetes research has shown that this condition may even result in lasting harm to the body’s cardiovascular system (American Diabetes Association).

Diabetic testing proves to be the only way to properly diagnose diabetic conditions and types. Doctors will use two different tests in measuring blood glucose levels: the fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) or the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Both tests will determine if an individual has any diabetes, pre diabetes, or no diabetes with a normal metabolism.

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