Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
People with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) are characterized by a resistance to insulin and a relative, as opposed to absolute, insulin deficiency. At least initially, and often through out their lifetime, they do not need exogenous insulin for survival. Thus although insulin may be required for controlling hyperglycaemia, these patients do not develop diabetic ketoacidosis other than in rare situations.
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