Affecting 463 million people worldwide, diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body's ability to produce insulin or use it properly—leading to high glucose levels in blood.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, accounting for around 90% of all cases. There are several factors that contribute to the development of diabetes such as excess body weight and physical inactivity, which make the body resistant to to using its own insulin. If blood sugar levels are left unchecked, patients can develop conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. All of which bring their own health risks and challenges.
There is also a stage called prediabetes—where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. By identifying and managing this stage, you can reduce the likelihood of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
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