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Diabetes is a disorder in which the sugars (glucose) in the body are not properly metabolized due to an insufficiency of insulin. The pancreas produces little to no insulin or the body doesn’t respond appropriately to the hormone (insulin resistance) and leads to an accumulation of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia). It’s estimated that over 16 million Americans suffer from this condition.
There are three types of diabetics. Type 1 (about 5 – 10%) are usually diagnosed in childhood or adolescence and are totally dependent upon injections for survival. Type 2 (about 90 – 95%) usually shows up after age 40, but is now being diagnosed in children as well. Gestational diabetes occurs sometimes during pregnancy, but usually disappears after delivery.
The symptoms of type 1 and type 2 are basically the same. Type 1 appears suddenly and severely, usually in childhood or under the age of 35. Type 2 shows up on a much more gradual basis. For details, go to Diabetes Symptoms.
Although this disease is considered incurable and can lead to very serious complications, it can be managed on a day to day basis through medication, diet, supplementation and exercise.
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