Part of The Science Inside series which presents science information in an easy-to-read format, this booklet summarizes what health professionals know about type 2 diabetes—what it is, who is at risk for it, how it can be prevented, and how it is treated. It describes how researchers study the disease and what individuals can do to help reduce the rising number of diabetes cases now affecting millions of children and adults around the country. Additional resources, a bibliography, and a glossary also are included.
All of the booklets in The Science Inside series can be used to help students build important health literacy skills, such as understanding important preventative health measures; understanding basic health information with a goal towards utilizing it to make appropriate health decisions; and understanding national and international public health and safety issues. The sections that deal with treatments and disease management are useful in demonstrating the role that the individual can play in controlling and managing his/her own health.