Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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About type 2 diabetes

Almost one million people in Australia have type 2 diabetes, that's about 1 in every 20 Australians.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition that affects your body’s ability to regulate the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood.

High blood glucose levels can cause a range of different symptoms, and — over time — complications, if your diabetes is not monitored and managed.

Type 2 diabetes can be successfully managed using lifestyle measures and medicines, and the more you know about your condition, the better.

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For health professionals  

While good glycaemic control is important in the long term, addressing lifestyle factors, blood pressure and blood lipids is essential in the early stages. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes, and the associated cardiovascular diseases, is increasing in Australia. Diabetes impacts quality of life and life expectancy as a result of microvascular complications and the increased risk of macrovascular complications.

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Clinical information

The information below is intended for health professionals. It uses the latest guidelines and evidence to help health professionals further understand the issues around the management of type 2 diabetes. It also includes resources to help educate patients and carers.

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18 May 2016 Type 2 diabetes can cause complications that require additional medicines. Read about diabetes-related health problems and drugs used to treat them here.
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18 May 2016 Sulfonylureas are used to control blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more about the benefits and side effects of sulfonylureas.
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18 May 2016 More than one type of medicine may be necessary to control blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. View our table of combination medicines used to control blood sugar levels.
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18 May 2016 Type 2 diabetes is best treated and managed by a team of health professionals, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians. Find out more.