McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Type 2 Diabetes: How It Works

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Type 2 diabetes has become a pandemic and is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, the estimated worldwide prevalence of type 1 and 2 diabetes is close to 300 million. This number is predicted to rise to 439 million by 2030, with type 2 diabetes accounting for about 90% of these cases. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are often told by their doctors that their disease can be effectively managed with healthy eating, regular exercise and blood sugar monitoring. This video uses a "pizza delivery" analogy to explain what is happening when insulin, a hormone produced by the body, ceases to carry out its function.

— Video by students for McMaster University's Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series