Type 2 diabetes happens when your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin, a hormone your body produces to transform sugar from your food into energy, the right way. If you don’t have enough insulin, too much sugar stays in your blood, which can lead to serious complications and even death.

This form of diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle, which includes staying at a healthy weight, making smart food choices, and getting regular exercise.

Learn more with this information from the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You can also watch these videos from the American Heart Association.


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