This condition occurs when the production of insulin by the pancreas slows down. At its various stages, the condition can be controlled by diet, medication and, in some instances, with insulin. Type 2 tends to occur in adulthood, but instances are becoming more commonplace for teenagers and children with obesity contracting the condition. This is the most common form of diabetes: circa 90 per cent of people in Jersey with diabetes are Type 2.
Type 2 diabetes develops very gradually and may not manifest itself for a decade or more by which time it may well have done irreversible damage to the blood vessels and other parts of the body. A simple blood test calculates the likelihood of you having diabetes.