Type 2 diabetestype 2 diabetes
a common type of diabetes mellitus, often associated with obesity, in which the body produces or utilizes insufficient levels of insulin
also written Type II diabetes
type 2 diabetes
or type 2 diabetes mellitus
A disease marked by high glucose levels in the blood and impaired metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, caused by the body's inability to respond effectively to insulin, combined with inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas. The disease, which can occur at any age but typically develops in middle-aged and older adults, often begins with no symptoms, is associated with obesity and inactivity, and may be managed, depending on severity, with dietary changes, an exercise regimen, and oral or injectable medications. Also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes . Also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus .