Diabetes is a condition featuring unusually high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, is used by the body to lower blood glucose levels. If the pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin, a person will develop diabetes.

A short list of symptoms of diabetes would include severe hunger and thirst, more urge to urinate, and fatigue. The tried and tested way to diagnose diabetes is through the Glucose Tolerance Test.

Of the types of diabetes, type I is more acute. Doctors usually treat this with special dietary restrictions, exercise, and sometimes insulin. Insulin isn’t used until the diabetic individual has been put to a special diet, exercise, and weight loss plan. Type I diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes.

Type II diabetes is less severe and involves the same treatment as type I, but without the insulin. Oral medications are used when blood glucose levels can’t be managed by diet and exercise. Insulin is used in the extreme cases. Type II diabetes is also called late-onset diabetes since is usually develops in middle-aged or older adults. This condition involves a pancreas that can produce enough insulin, but the body doesn’t react well to it.

This condition is hereditary, but it’s possible to delay its onset. Through losing weight, getting the right amount of exercise and controlling your diet, you can manage. Untreated type II diabetes can have the same complications as type I diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is seen in pregnant women. It will usually disappear after the baby is born, but it’s better for both the mom and the baby if it is treated.

Juvenile Onset diabetes is another major form of diabetes that affects many children. It is considered as the onset of type I diabetes. Don’t postpone a visit to the doctor if a child shows even a few diabetes symptoms. There are about two million or more teens in pre-diabetic stage. Being overweight is usually the main cause. In this condition, blood glucose levels are high but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Teens usually develop this between the ages of 12 and 19.

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