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How long does type 2 diabetes take to develop?

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Type 2 diabetes develops gradually. Blood-glucose levels start rising once beta cells in the pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep up with the level of glucose in the blood. This process can take about 10 years for adults but more quickly in children.

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