By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-04-09 19:29:34 -0500
Started 2010-04-09 14:07:15 -0500

what are the difference in type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

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kdroberts 2010-04-09 19:29:34 -0500 Report

In a nutshell. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that destroys the insulin producing cells of the pancreas meaning that the person cannot produce insulin and must use artificial insulin to live. Type 2 is not understood but is thought to be related more to genetics and right now is a general bucket for people who don't it any other diabetic types. Type 2 diabetics are often insulin resistant, but not always and a good % have problems with insulin production. What the medical community is coming to realize is that any type (other then gestational which occurs during pregnancy) can be diagnosed in anyone regardless of their age.

MAYS 2010-04-09 17:52:19 -0500 Report

Hello !

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy.

These videos and websites should answer some of your questions and provide insight into the different types of diabetes :




I hope that this has been helpful.

" Mays "