Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, with around 85-90% of all people with diabetes having type 2. While it usually affects older adults, more and more younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes.


  1. Helen on October 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I have been diagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes. My aunty died of diabetes – she had a bypass heart operation and thedoctor took a vein from her leg during the operation. He leg became gangreous and she had her leg removed because of this. She died at age 68 and was insulin dependent as soon as diagnosed at age late 50s early 60s. When I was informed I was definitely diabetic, I changed my diet and cooked recipes from Diabetic Living magazine, but larger portions perhaps than what was recommended. I find it difficult dealing with diabetes as I am tired all the time; cannot seem to get organised; am sick to death of going to the toilet; and am in constant worry of whether there will be a toilet available when I go out or travel overseas, etc. I spend a good deal of time on the loo and cannot get into something because I have to constantly stop and go to the loo. I try to eat well, and I do, and miss having a vanilla slice, chocolate, meat pies, chips, etc, etc. I get hungry and eat probably more than I should late at night, as I stay up late as have trouble sleeping. My doctor just told me that my readings are up for diabetes and that, if it goes up to 8, I will have to start on tablets. So, it is difficult but I suppose I will get used to it. I worry about losing my sight and my toes. What about you? How do you feel about it all?

    • Helen-Edwards on October 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Helen, thank you for your story, what a terrible time people had way back then..we are lucky that things are very different now. It is fantastic that you changed your diet. If you are tired all the time and always going to the loo it sounds like something is not right – do you check your blood glucose at home? Have you asked someone about your trouble sleeping? Is it your blood test from a finger prick that is up? Or the HbA1c? It sounds like you may need tablets – which is normal for all people with type 2 diabetes as it is a progressive disease and in fact the sooner you get things under control the better in the long run. We all get stressed and diabetes can cause many emotional reactions. Talking about it with other people can really help.

  2. Wendy on December 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have just been diagnosed with type 2 I am struggling with we eat well, but both my parents suffered from this. I am now on tablets 2000mg a day which as gone up from 1 tablet a day to start with, and have not slept at night because I am so thirsty I must drink glasses and glasses at night, so then I have to go to the loo. In a morning my blood sugar is 7. How many tablets do you think I need to take to get this under control, because it is driving me mad

    • Helen-Edwards on February 18, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Wendy if you are getting consistently high levels you need to go back to your doctor. It is usual for type 2 diabetes to progress and people need adjustments to medication and eventually the addition of insulin – how are you now?

  3. Herman on December 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Hi. I have been treated for type 2 for several years now. But the last year it has gone higher and now I also take insulin Lantus Solostar I was surprised how painless it is. But My reading has been between 10 and 14 for a while now Mine main problem is being tired I do a bit of walking and play croquet 3 times a week which means 2 t04 3 hours on your feet. But at the moment I have had 5 injection and I am still between 11 and 14 So it is to high.
    How long does it take to start making some difference, And is there a clinic Port Macquarie NSW I can go to?
    If I can get some input that would be great.

    • Helen-Edwards on May 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Herman I am so sorry I missed this – how are things now? It is important to speak with your doctor about these issues