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Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body is unable to use insulin effectively.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease marked by high levels of glucose or sugar in the blood. There are two types: Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin to help regulate glucose. Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body is unable to use insulin effectively.
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Key Statistics

~85%

~85%

Accounts for ~85% of people with diabetes in Australia

10%

10%

Underlying or associated cause of 10% of all deaths in Australia

Fastest growing

Fastest growing

Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing form of diabetes

Weight risk

Weight risk

Being overweight (with a BMI greater than 25) increases your risk of developing T2D

Gender risk

Gender risk

Men are at slightly increased risk of developing T2D

Genetics

Genetics

T2D is usually associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, coupled with a genetic predisposition

1,002,854

1,002,854

1,002,854 Australians had type 2 diabetes in 2015

Garvan: a world-class centre for type 2 diabetes research

There's a very high incidence of T2D, with more than 350 million sufferers worldwide. While there have been no new treatments for decades, at Garvan, new work is shedding light on the links between genetics, epigenetics, weight, metabolism and insulin resistance, to point the way to earlier and better prevention and more personalised treatment. Garvan’s type 2 diabetes research is conducted in Garvan’s Diabetes and Metabolism Division, where nearly 100 research scientists and clinicians work together to understand the complexity of metabolic disease.

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