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Type 2 Diabetes Screening

Both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal. The pancreas, an organ located just behind the stomach, produces insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps to move the sugar from the bloodstream and into your body’s cells where it is used for energy. This process controls the amount of sugar in your blood, keeping it from getting too low or too high.

Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes occur when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. As a result, sugar levels build up in the bloodstream. Prediabetes is diagnosed when sugar levels are higher than normal, but not as high as in diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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