Type 2 Diabetes - page 1

So what is the full answer?

The complete answer is not entirely straightforward. It is confusing because type 2 diabetes as the disease itself is often defined as the state of having an elevated blood glucose level. As noted in the summary, this is not really an accurate statement to make if one is trying to define type 2 diabetes correctly.

Again, having an elevated fasting blood glucose level or an elevated A1c is actually only the manifestation of the disease of type 2 diabetes - the primary and most commonly detected immediate symptom of type 2 diabetes. Although the elevated blood glucose level, if left unchecked, will by itself alone cause downstream health problems such as blindness, neuropathy, and kidney failure, it is in fact merely the symptom of having type 2 diabetes - not the disease itself. For example, if you are a non-diabetic person and you eat sugar all day, you will have an elevated blood glucose level that day, but you won't be diabetic. If you are a type 2 diabetic and you eat a diabetic diet which keeps your blood glucose level low, you are still a type 2 diabetic - in spite of having lowered your blood sugar levels through your diabetic diet. You have the disease of type 2 diabetes, or you do not, whether you manifest the symptoms of type 2 diabetes such as elevated blood sugar is another question entirely.

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