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What causes type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs because cells in the body become resistant to a hormone called insulin, which plays an important role in helping glucose pass into cells in the body. While there is a range of factors that increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, lifestyle behaviours such as eating a poor diet, carrying extra weight, and leading a mostly sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity, can increase your risk significantly.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 28 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Type 1 diabetes

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