Diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar in someone’s body is too high. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is when the body isn’t producing any insulin as the cells that produce the insulin are being attacked and destroyed. This type of diabetes affects 10% of diabetics and generally develops during the teenage years or young adulthood. The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is not known but is because the body’s immune system destroys the insulin cells.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin that it does actually make isn’t working properly, resulting in glucose building up. The risk of developing this type of diabetes increases as we get older. Again, the exact cause is unknown but there are a lot of contributing factors to Type 2 diabetes which include, obesity or being overweight (people who are obese are much more prone to developing it than those of a healthy weight), being physically inactive, diet, if it runs in the family. If someone lives a healthy lifestyle with the correct diet and exercises, this could immediately decrease the chances of developing it.
SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES
Symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can include, weakness and tiredness, weight loss, the urge to urinate frequently, increased thirst and mood changes.