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The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, a hormone. Insulin levels go up or down depending on how much glucose is present in the body. In general, insulin levels go up after eating, and go down when the stomach is empty. Insulin’s primary function is to move glucose from the digestive system to the different parts of the body. If there is too much glucose in your body, the extra glucose is moved to the liver, where it is stored until the body becomes low on glucose. In essence, the pancreas, insulin, glucose and liver are all working together to achieve a highly complex balancing act. One of two things happen to people with type 2 diabetes. Either their pancreas stops producing enough insulin that the body needs or their body becomes resistant to insulin. In both occurrences, the result is the same: high blood sugar levels. One symptom of type 2 diabetes that is often overlooked is extreme fatigue. The most logical reason for this is that extreme fatigue is a very general symptom; people, including those who don’t have type 2 diabetes can experience extreme fatigue. Extreme fatigue is often seen in people who are leading a hectic lifestyle, not getting adequate sleep and rest, and constantly under stress. However, it is best to consult a doctor if extreme fatigue appears to not be caused by lifestyle, sleep or stress. Another symptom of type 2 diabetes is drastic weight gain or weight loss. People who start eating more are likely to gain weight. As the weight goes up, excess fat gets stored up and can make the body even more resistant to insulin. However, there are people who lose weight despite eating more. The weight loss is a result of the muscles not being able to be supplied with the glucose it needs in order to exert energy. Read more at

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