Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by abnormalities in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. The causes of type 2 diabetes are multi-factorial and include both genetic and environmental elements that affect beta-cell function and tissue (muscle, liver, adipose tissue, pancreas) insulin sensitivity. Although there is considerable debate as to the relative contributions of beta-cell dysfunction and reduced insulin sensitivity to the pathogenesis of diabetes, it is generally agreed that both these factors play important roles.
Treatments for type 2 diabetes focus on: controlling blood sugar, achieving a healthy weight, improving activity levels. Both lifestyle changes and medical treatments can help to control the disease. Monitoring blood sugar is an essential part of diabetes treatment. People with diabetes need to monitor and record their blood sugar on a regular basis. Monitoring frequency varies.Type 2 Diabetes afflicts close to 250 million people in world today, 27 million in the United States alone.
The epidemiology of diabetes in Mexico is reviewed. In less than four decades, diabetes has become the main health problem in Mexico. It is the principal cause of death in women and the second among men since the year 2000. It is the primary cause of premature retirement, blindness, and kidney failure. By the year 2025, close to 11.7 million Mexicans are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes. The results of population-based, nationwide surveys have detected a 25% increment over a 7-year period.