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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

The Basics: Overview

Diabetes (“dy-ah-BEE-teez”) is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Diabetes increases the risk of serious health problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage — which can lead to having a toe, foot, or leg removed
  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke

The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Watching your weight
  • Eating healthy
  • Staying active



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