3 Kinds of Diabetes

There are three main kinds.

Type 1 diabetes,
formerly called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes,

Who –

is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults.

How –
the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin
because the body’s immune system has attacked and destroyed them.

Treatment –
taking insulin,
making wise food choices,
being physically active,
taking aspirin daily (for some),
controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

Type 2 diabetes
formerly called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes,
most common form of diabetes.

Who –
develop at any age—even during childhood.
Being overweight and inactive increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

How –
This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which fat, muscle, and liver cells do not use insulin properly.
At first, the pancreas keeps up with the added demand by producing more insulin.
In time, however, it loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.

Treatment –
using diabetes medicines,
making wise food choices,
being physically active,
taking aspirin daily,
controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

Gestational Diabetes

Who –
Some women develop gestational diabetes during the late stages of pregnancy.

Although this form of diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born,
a woman who has had it is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

How –

Gestational diabetes is caused by the hormones of pregnancy or a shortage of insulin.

Treatment –
Most patients are treated only with diet modification and moderate exercise
but some take anti-diabetic drugs, including insulin.


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One Response to “3 Kinds of Diabetes”

  1. Charles Sands Says:

    There is another type of diabetes people don’t want to think about. Future diabetics. Ponder this.
    Americans are increasingly overweight. According to recent reports, the number of diabetics in the United States is predicted to be about 8.9 percent of the population by the year 2025. That’s almost 9 out of every 100 people will be a diabetic. Think maybe America is headed in the wrong direction? Think about this. In the old days people used to all eat at home and maybe eat out as a treat once a month or so. Then, after school kids would come home and run around and ride their bikes until dinner, then after dinner, go back out and play until it was time to come in. But now through the competiveness of fast food restaurants and the need for both parents to be in the workforce, the timesaving factor of stopping at McDonalds on the way home and picking up dinner for the family at probably the same price it would cost you to make dinner anyway just makes all the sense. Then through the marvels of today’s technology, after dinner the kids go back to their playstation 3 or xbox 360 (where they probably were after school until before dinner) and stay there until bedtime. And I don’t even want to go into supersize. That’s just foolish to tack all those extra carbs which are not needed onto the diet of your children or yourself. People say “well, my kids like McDonalds fries”. That’s fine but do you think they will like being diagnosed with diabetes when they are about 30 years old or so later in life? Diabetes can be inherited, but this is not always the case, for the most part it is developed over the course of many years through improper dieting and not enough of an active lifestyle. So what I recommend to turn this problem around is that everyone start eating a low fat (not no fat), low carb (not no carb) diet as high in protein as possible. The reason I say not no fat and not no carb is because people always try these type of fad diets and even if they do work they will eventually find that they cannot continue this type of diet forever. Then once they stop the diet, the old bad habits come back and all the weight and problems come right back too. So, you need to work a sensible balanced diet into your lifestyle, something you can live with in comfort. Then, I reccomend having some type of cardio machine in the house for the family to use. Some examples of these are available on my website which you can find by clicking on the link connected to my name. However, remember the competiveness of business today dictates that you get what you pay for. Don’t run out and buy the cheapest exercise bike you can or it will break and so will your plan for your family to exercise in the comfort of your house. Personally, I have a LeMond Fitness gforce rt in my house. It cost about $2500.00 on sale. But I have gone through cheap bikes that cost 3oo to 500 dollars every six months or so for years. My LeMond is like the day I bought it (about 18 months ago) and I ride it 2 hours every day at least 5 days a week, and less on the weekend but I still make sure to work in at least half that even on my days off. Through proper cardio exercise and a proper diet, everyone can be healthy and happy. And don’t worry, the kids can can still play their playstation 3 while they are riding the bicycle. Don’t make the price and ease of fast food and todays technology put you or your children on the road to diabetes. With just a little old fashioned effort we can turn this problem around and start heading in the right direction.

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