There Are Three Different Types Of Diabetes

Jul 23rd, 2009 | By Fitness | Category: Uncategorized

Type 1 diabetes.
This can occur at any time in life, however it occurs more frequently in the young. Some of the more common symptoms of type 1 diabetes are excessive thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, weight loss, reduced strength, and irritability. It is an autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack the beta cells of the pancreas, restricting its ability to make the insulin essential to regulate blood sugar levels.Type 1 diabetes is responsible for approximately three percent of all new cases of diabetes yearly.

Type 2 diabetes
Previously known as adult onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes develops when the body can no longer process blood sugar (glucose). After a while, abnormal levels of sugar in the blood can result in damage to many parts the body.  These may include troubles with the eyes, gums, hands, feet, and heart.  Type 2 can occur at any time in life and the young are getting it more frequently due to poor diet and lack of exercise. People of any race or color can develop type 2 diabetes, but hispanics and african americans appear to be at the greatest risk. Being overweight is possibly the most common risk factor for this type of diabetes. Type 2 is treated with diabetes diet, exercise, and medicine. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1.

Gestational diabetes
This is a form of type 2 that that only occurs in women while they are pregnant. It is generally considered to be temporary and goes away after childbirth. Gestational diabetes is a form of glucose intolerance and is more common among overweight women and those with a family history of diabetes. Gestational diabetes symptoms are sugar in the urine, frequent urination, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, increased thirst, and frequent infections (vaginal, bladder and skin).

The treatment for diabetes depends upon the type and severity of the disease. Type 1 is treated with insulin, exercise, and diet. Type 2 is first treated with weight loss, diet, and exercise. If these treatments fail to keep the blood sugars in check, oral medications are utilized. If all else fails, insulin medications are usually prescribed.

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