Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

Definition - What does Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) mean?

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a medical condition that affects insulin production and utilization in the body. The condition develops when the body starts to become insulin resistant, when blood sugar levels consistently increase above average, or when the pancreas cannot produce sufficient insulin. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus was previously named adult-onset diabetes.

WorkplaceTesting explains Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

A patient with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus suffer from hyperglycemia (above average blood sugar levels) spikes and will experience some or all of the following symptoms: fatigue, hunger, thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, weight loss, and tingling sensations in the lower body. in addition, blood sugar levels can unexpectedly drop quickly and to dangerous levels. The condition is most common in adults and obese children. While lifestyle can greatly influence this condition, it is thought to be the result of underlying genetic susceptibility to certain foods and new research has shown that not all Type 2 Diabetics have the same blood sugar reaction to the same foods that were once thought to be universally bad for every diabetic. In other words, while bread my drastically increase blood sugar for one diabetic, it may not have the same drastic affect on another. There is no cure for this condition. However, it can be managed by making healthy choices such as keeping fit, eating well, and maintaining a healthy weight. In advanced cases, medication or insulin therapy can be used to treat the condition.

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