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Types of Diabetes. What you need to know.

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Diabetes is a condition where your body does not make enough insulin. Insulin helps in controlling the level of sugar in the body. A lack of insulin means that more sugar will be stored in the bloodstream. This can lead to other diseases like stroke, heart diseases, kidney failure or poor vision. Diabetes has no cure. Eating healthy and exercising can help to lower the risk of getting diabetes. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is caused when the body attacks itself and prevents production of insulin. This is an autoimmune reaction. It mainly occurs in young adults, teenagers and children. A daily administration of insulin dosage is required to stay alive. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not utilize the insulin produced. This means that the body cannot control the blood sugar level. The symptoms are not easily noticed. It is mostly found in adults because it develops over the years and so it is advisable to be tested. This type of diabetes can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding tobacco. Eating well and exercising. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women who have no history on diabetes. The women with this type of diabetes, mostly experience complications during pregnancy and even at delivery. This type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born although both the mother and baby are now at a higher risk of contracting type 2 diabetes. The baby is also at a higher risk of having obesity. In this three types of diabetes, only type 1 diabetes have symptoms that quickly show up.

The other common type of diabetes is prediabetes. This occurs when the blood sugar levels are higher but not high enough to be recognized as type 2 diabetes. It increases your chances of getting stroke and heart attack. The good news is that this type of diabetes can be reversed if a healthy lifestyle is adopted. The symptoms of type 1 diabetes are stomach pains, vomiting or nausea. This symptoms can be noticed within weeks. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are not easy noticeable because it develops over the years. Gestational diabetes has no symptoms but usually occurs in the middle of pregnancy. The other many symptoms of diabetes include, urinating a lot at night, being thirsty, loss of weight without exercise, being too hungry, blurred vision, numbness on feet and hands, tiredness, dry skin, sores that heal slowly and having infections frequently. It is advisable to have your blood sugar tested if you have any of this symptoms.

Regular screening, medication and physical activity can help treat diabetes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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