Monday, November 7, 2011

This makes me mad

I know most of the people who read this blog are somehow associated with Type 1 Diabetes; but if even one person sees this and can be educated about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, then it is worth posting.

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.

Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin injections to move sugar from the bloodstream.  This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

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 sugars are a result of this. 

Diet, exercise, weight loss, and possible medications are the treatment for this type of diabetes.  Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may be placed on insulin to better control blood sugars.  

Type 2 is often associated with physical inactivity and obesity, however this is not always the case. 

An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise isn't the cause of any type of diabetes. Insulin issues are the cause of diabetes.

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