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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 2:16 pm:

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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At this time, Wake Forest Baptist Health is following state and national guidelines and is limiting COVID-19 testing in the outpatient setting to only patients ill enough to require admission to the hospital.

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A to Z: Diabetes, Type 2

A to Z: Diabetes, Type 2

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A to Z: Diabetes, Type 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main source of energy for the body's cells. In type 2 diabetes, the body can't respond normally to insulin, a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells.

More to Know

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body can't respond normally to the insulin that is made.

Both types cause glucose levels in the blood to rise, leading to symptoms like increased urination (peeing), extreme thirst, and unexplained weight loss.

Keep in Mind

Diabetes is a chronic condition, which means it is long-lasting. But the good news is that the right treatment and care can keep diabetes under control and help prevent any long-term effects.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.