Your Guide to Understanding Diabetes

Teen AngstDiabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world and there are different contributing factors to the widespread growth of the disease. Lifestyle choices are the biggest contributing factor to developing the disease.  There are three main different types of diabetes, Type I also known as Juvenile diabetes, Type II and Gestational diabetes.  Only Type II is possible to be prevented.  Here are the brief differences between the three kinds.

  • Type I- this type of diabetes is genetically predisposed and usually have an onset before or during adolescents. The diabetes occurs when the body isn’t producing enough insulin, or it isn’t producing any at all to counteract the amounts of glucose in the blood stream.  In order to balance the amount of glucose in the blood stream it is necessary to inject insulin.
    • To be at risk for type I diabetes typically means that there has been a family history of diabetes or blood sugar disorders in the past.
    • It cannot be prevented, it is something that you are either born with or not.
    • Common symptoms of type I are increased thirst and extreme hunger. Other common symptoms are weight loss, blurred vision and being nauseous.
    • mind-controlType II- this type of diabetes is similar to type I in the way that it has to do with the amount of insulin in the blood stream. In type II there is too much glucose being produced by the body and not enough insulin to counteract it. The excess glucose is the main problem rather than the absence if insulin.
      • The biggest risk factor to Type II is the lifestyle choices that are made.  Having a poor diet with consuming too many high sugars and simple carbohydrate foods is a big issue in the amount of glucose that is being absorbed by the body. Another risk factor of type II is being inactive and not getting proper exercise.  In addition to poor eating habits and being physically inactive those who are overweight are also at an increased risk.
      • Type II can be prevented with changing lifestyle choices and becoming more active, eating healthier choices and keeping your body weight at a safe amount. Because of poor lifestyle choices type II diabetes is starting to effect people at a much younger age.
      • Common symptoms of type II are being tired and fatigued, being hungry often and having increased thirst. There can also be tingling and loss of feeling in the hands and feet and blurred vision.
      • Gestational Diabetes- Is a type of diabetes that can happen during pregnancy. Having a history of diabetes doesn’t mean that you will have gestational diabetes. There aren’t any clear risk factors for gestational diabetes and for most women the symptoms of the diabetes goes after the delivery of the baby.

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