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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Diabetes

Diabetes- is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood.

3 Major Types of Diabetes

1. Type 1 diabetes- is usually diagnosed in childhood. The body makes little or no insulin, and daily injections of insulin are needed to sustain life.

2. Type 2 diabetes- is far more common than type 1 and makes up most of all cases of diabetes. It usually occurs in adulthood. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to the insulin. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition. Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the growing number of older Americans, increasing obesity, and failure to exercise.

3. Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

I have read this interesting article at Health line website.

Geraldine

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