Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the beta cells in the pancreas still make insulin, but it may not make enough, or the insulin that is being made does not do its job properly.

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When you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you may feel a variety of emotions. Perhaps you are relieved at finally being given a diagnosis to explain your symptoms or you may feel shock and disbelief. These feelings are completely normal when you are diagnosed with a chronic disease.

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Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem facing young Australians. According to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) register, more than 5,300 younger adults (under 40 years of age) are living with type 2 diabetes in Victoria alone.

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