Gestational Diabetes

By Latest Reply 2008-11-25 13:19:55 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 12:15:46 -0600

What is it, what is the difference between type 1, type 2 and how do you know if you have it. What are the signs?

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-25 12:55:08 -0600 Report

Type 1

With type 1 diabetes, the body stops making insulin. So insulin shots are needed to get sugar out of the blood and into the cells, where it's used by the cell for energy. About half of the people with type 1 diabetes learn they have it during their childhood or teen years. That's why it used to be called juvenille diabetes. Sometimes, type 1 diabetes appeares in a person's adult years. They call that late-onset type 1, or sometimes type 1 1/2 dibetes. Type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune diease. In most cases, the cause is not known, but family history may be a risk factor.

Type 2

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. It used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it appears mostly in adults, but more and more, children and teens are developing it as well. With type 2 diabetes, people make insulin-just not enough. And there bodies may have trouble using the insulin they do have. Type 2 diabetes usually get worse over time. So the treatment have to be more powerful. Many people begin with changes in there diets, exercise and stress levels.
Hope this helps a little…Debe

Anonymous 2008-11-25 12:27:48 -0600 Report

Gestational diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that are discovered during pregnancy. About 3%-5% of all pregnant women in the U.S. are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.