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Diabetes Awareness

Types of Diabetes

  • Type 1 Diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. However, people at any age can develop Type 1 diabetes. This form of diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin. Only five percent of people have this type of diabetes and must take daily insulin injections. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, people with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live healthy, happy lives.
  • Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with this form of diabetes. Type 2 develops because the body either cannot produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. People with type 2 diabetes can control their sugar levels with proper diet and exercise. Depending upon the severity of their diabetes, a person may need to take medicine along with diet and exercise.
  • Gestational Diabetes in pregnant women occurs when the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. This form of diabetes affects eighteen percent of pregnancies. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean the mother had diabetes before she conceived or that she will have diabetes after giving birth. However, it is important for those with gestational diabetes to follow their doctor's advice to remain healthy. Gestational diabetes is usually controlled through diet and exercise.

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