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Differences Between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

It is known by most people that there are 2 types of diabetes, but the question is, do most people know the difference between the two?

Below are the two different types of diabetes;

Type 1

You are likely to notice symptoms and signs from an early stage as they can develop rapidly in comparison to type 2.

The usual onset of type 1 diabetes is aged 13/14, it affects your body in three ways before noticing it.

Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce insulin. This type can be caused by a virus in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and begins to attacks it. The organ that is attacked is the pancreas-which is where insulin is made; this explains the lack of insulin.

Due to the lack of insulin, Diabetes type 1 patients need to inject themselves with insulin; this also moves sugar from the blood stream.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is also known as non-insulindependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).

This type of diabetes is far more common than type 1, the age of onset in most cases is 40+.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces cannot move sugar out of the bloodstream. This results in high blood sugar levels.

This type of diabetes has been associated with the older generation for years; however this is beginning to change-which is rather worrying.

Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in people with poor diets and the obese. People can take control of their diabetes by eating healthily, exercising on a regular basis, and testing blood sugar. Diet, exercise, weight loss, and in many cases medication (being placed on insulin to control blood sugar levels) are the treatment for this type of diabetes.



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