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Type 1 versus Type 2 Diabetes

Most people have heard of diabetes, but many do not realize there is more than one type.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells).  This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it.  In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is made.  This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

What is the treatment for Type 1 Diabetes?

Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin injections to move sugar from the bloodstream.

What about Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream.  Some sugar is moved out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal insulin efficiency.  High blood sugar is a result of this.  Type 2 Diabetes used to be thought of as the adult onset type of diabetes.  However, an alarming rate of children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

How is Type 2 Diabetes Treated?

Diet, exercise, weight loss, and in many cases medication are the treatment for this type of diabetes.  Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may be placed on insulin to better control blood sugar.  This type of diabetes is associated with physical inactivity and obesity.

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