Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

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Credit: JIM DOWDALLS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This is an illustration of Type 2 Diabetes, a disease characterized by insulin resistance. Insulin is produced by islet cells in the pancreas, and acts in unison with glucose to regulate energy in the body's cells. In Type 2 Diabetes, not enough insulin is produced to work with, and moderate the glucose; or sometimes enough insulin is manufactured, but it is not absorbed into the blood and body cells adequately, causing an excessive build-up of glucose. This is what causes the symptoms of diabetes. This illustration depicts glucose molecules on the right emanating from the stomach, where they are absorbed from food. Glucose traveling through the bloodstream will eventually go to all major body organs, including the heart, kidneys, and liver. Insulin protein, depicted on the left, leaves the pancreas, but in a person with Type 2 Diabetes the insulin is compromised; either it is not created in enough supply, the molecules are destroyed, or they do not interact with glucose as they should. The major organs that are affected by Diabetes 2 are highlighted here. Diabetes 2 can lead to heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure and blindness.

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