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Does everyone with type 2 diabetes make too little insulin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Making too little insulin to cover food eaten is one of the problems people with type 2 diabetes may have. Watch the video to learn more about type 2 diabetes and insulin problems.

Dr. Christopher C. Bell, MD
Sports Medicine Specialist

No, in fact most people with type 2 diabetes make a lot more insulin than normal. The problem in those with type 2 is that the receptors for insulin, the molecules in our body that help insulin perform its duties, are not sensitive enough for insulin. Meaning, when the insulin attaches to it, the receptor does not activate and do what insulin tells it to. Because of this, the pancreas makes more and more insulin to try to do the job that normally less insulin would do. However, after a time, because most people with type 2 diabetes will progress in their disease and their pancreas will keep making more and more insulin, the pancreas gets overworked and "poops out", basically shuts down and stops making insulin.

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