There are three main types of diabetes. Each one is classified as an autoimmune disorder that both attacks and destroys the healthy cells in your pancreas. While there are three types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and gestational, the first two are the most common.
People suffering from Type 1 diabetes don’t make enough insulin, or none at all. The body requires insulin to regulate blood sugar levels and to process food. Type 1 diabetes generally affects young adults and children, though not exclusively.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common and affects close to 10% of the population. It occurs when your body doesn’t use the insulin it produces properly enough to move sugar into your cells. Though it’s most frequent in middle-aged and elderly people, it doesn't discriminate against age.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. More often than not, diabetes goes away once the pregnancy is over, though it does make women more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Each type of diabetes has its own set of symptoms, but some of the most common symptoms include:
Diabetes can lead to very severe health complications. The more common risks of diabetes involve kidney, dental, and heart diseases, stroke and nerve damage, vision issues, and dietary complications.
Type 1 diabetes can be managed with regular insulin injections or by wearing an insulin pump — which administers insulin into your body throughout the day.
You can manage Type 2 diabetes through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Sometimes, medication might be necessary to ensure the stability of your blood sugar levels.
The team at LuZcare makes sure your treatment is individualized and fitted precisely to your needs. Diabetes is not a minor condition. If left untreated, it could lead to severe, life-threatening conditions.
If you’d like to learn more about the disease and the different treatment options available to you, contact LuZcare by calling the office or using the online booking tool.