How does type 2 diabetes affect blood sugar levels?

When you have type 2 diabetes, your pancreas doesn't make enough insulin and your body has trouble using it. When there is not enough insulin, glucose stays in the blood. Blood glucose rises and is higher than normal.

Your liver stores sugar from the food you eat and puts it back into the blood in between meals and through the night. This prevents your blood glucose from dropping too low. In diabetes, the liver sends more glucose into the blood than your body can process making blood glucose even higher.

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