Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person has chronically high blood sugar levels. The condition is caused by resistance to and a deficiency of insulin, a hormone that helps metabolize sugar. Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the feet, eyes, kidneys, brain, and heart.
NYU Langone doctors—including endocrinologists, weight management specialists, and others—collaborate to provide evidence-based care for people with diabetes. Our team offers medical therapy and support to help you make the lifestyle changes needed to avoid the complications associated with type 2 diabetes—or even to reverse the condition.
Our pediatric specialists also diagnose and treat type 2 diabetes in children.
Treatment for type 2 diabetes includes a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to lower blood sugar levels. If obesity has contributed to the condition, our weight management specialists offer additional treatment options, including bariatric surgery.