Adult Onset Diabetes, also called Type 2 diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), your body's important source of fuel. With Type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effect of insulin, a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells or doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
Signs and Symptoms can develop slowly; you could have Type 2 diabetes for years and not know it. Signs and Symptoms can include:
Adult onset diabetes develops with the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Why this happens is unknown, although genetics and environmental factors, such as excess weight and inactivity seem to be contributing factors.