Types of Diabetes

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is when your body neglects to produce its own insulin. Insulin is needed to break down the sugar (glucose) from the foods you consume and convert it to energy. With this type of diabetes, you will need to take insulin every day.

Cause: it is believed genes is the cause for this type of diabetes or other factors such as viruses.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is when your body can not use or make insulin properly. This type of diabetes can require you to take insulin or pills to manage the condition. This is the most common type of diabetes.

Cause: Many different factors can be the cause of this most common type of diabetes :

  • Obesity and Physical Inactivity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Genes

Gestational Diabetes

This type of diabetes can occur in some women during pregnancy. This will go away after giving birth in most cases, but still leaves you and your child at higher risk for diabetes later in life.

Cause: During pregnancy your placenta produces hormones that can contribute to insulin resistance. Most women’s bodies will compensate and produce enough insulin. In some cases, the pancreas does not produce enough to compensate.

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