Causes of Type 2 diabetes


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Cause of Type 2 diabetes: Either poor insulin metabolism in the body (esp. muscles), or reduced pancreas insulin production, or both.

Cause of Type 2 diabetes: When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the pancreas is usually producing enough insulin, but, for unknown reasons, the body cannot use the insulin effectively, a condition called insulin resistance. After several years, insulin production decreases. The result is the same as for type 1 diabetes--glucose builds up in the blood and the body cannot make efficient use of its main source of fuel. 1

Cause details for Type 2 diabetes: In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually produces insulin, but for some reason, the body cannot use the insulin effectively. The end result is the same as for type 1 diabetes—an unhealthy buildup of glucose in the blood and an inability of the body to make efficient use of its main source of fuel. 2

Underlying condition causes of Type 2 diabetes: The list of possible underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes) mentioned in various sources as possible causes of Type 2 diabetes includes:

Type 2 diabetes as a complication: Other conditions that might have Type 2 diabetes as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes. The list of conditions listing Type 2 diabetes as a complication in our database includes:

Type 2 diabetes as a symptom: Conditions listing Type 2 diabetes as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes. The list of conditions listing Type 2 diabetes as a symptom in our database includes:

Causes of Type 2 diabetes: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Type 2 diabetes:

Related information for causes of Type 2 diabetes: Further relevant information on causes of Type 2 diabetes may be found in the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diabetes Overview: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Diabetes: NWHIC

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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