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“Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that usually is a combination of failure of the beta cell to produce enough insulin and insulin resistance at the level of our muscles,” Dr. Philis-Tsimikas says. “So over time we all progressively lose more and more ability to secrete adequate amounts of insulin for our body.” That means that insulin may be required at some point to maintain good blood sugar control, but the likelihood to require insulin is lower if you maintain an ideal body weight. Today, about one quarter of all patients require shots, she adds.