Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the levels of blood sugar (glucose) to become too high. It’s caused by problems with a chemical in the body (insulin). People who are overweight, inactive or have a family history are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms include feeling very thirsty, feeling very tired, weight loss and blurred vision.

Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition that is usually diagnosed following a blood or urine test. A person diagnosed with the disease may require regular check-ups, to take medication or make changes to their diet and lifestyle. In many cases, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.

Left untreated, Type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of other medical conditions including heart disease and stroke, loss of feeling and pain, sores or infections in the feet, vision loss and blindness, miscarriage and stillbirth, and kidney problems. Annual cholesterol and blood pressure tests are recommended for all patients.

Our predictive genetic tests help determine if you are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes