Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is often referred to as
noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes. On a fundamental level it
is a deficiency in how your body makes or uses insulin. This is problematic because the body
needs insulin in order to move glucose into the body's cells. Glucose is in almost everything we eat. Once it is in the
cells, it is stored and used for energy.
When a person has type II diabetes, the liver, muscle cells and fat of
the body does not respond normal to insulin and therefore insulin
Despite the fact that the body does not metabolize sugar
properly, type II diabetes is completely manageable. According to a recent study done at the University of Texas
(results published in the New England
Journal of Medicine), there is a medication that can be used to treat
people who have type 2 diabetes, along with high risk factors.
The drug called ploglitazone prevented the progression of
full-blown diabetes in 70 % of the participants who were obese and had a
history of diabetes in their family.
There is tremendous value in this recent finding since over 70 million
Americans are estimated to be pre-diabetic. The drug pioglitazone is marketed as Actos (registered by Takeda Pharmaceuticals). Find out more about the study in a sciencedaily.com
To see more information on how to manage type 2 diabetes click here.
For more information on the disease please contact the American Diabetes Assocaition.
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