Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when an individual has excessive amounts of sugar in his or her blood stream. An inadequate amount of insulin production or insulin resistance can cause the condition. There are three types of diabetes that a person can be diagnosed with, and each one has its own set of symptoms.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes usually presents in children, and occurs when the body either doesn’t produce insulin at all or doesn’t produce sufficient insulin. The youngster will need to have insulin injected on a daily basis, and will need to monitor his or her blood sugar regularly.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is actually the more common variety of this disorder. It accounts for more then 90 percent of cases, although it is usually diagnosed in adults, children can develop this condition as well due to the increase in childhood obesity.
A person with Type 2 Diabetes is unable to produce enough insulin. Many people have Type 2 Diabetes but do not realize they have it. In some cases, it takes a number of years before they are diagnosed. Older adults are susceptible to developing Type 2 Diabetes because of lack of physical activity and being overweight.
This form of diabetes affects pregnant women. It’s different from the other two types of Diabetes because it’s a situational disorder that occurs due to elevated blood glucose levels during pregnancy. After the woman gives birth, her glucose levels drop down to a normal level. Having gestational diabetes and giving birth to a large baby (nine lbs. or more) means that you will be at increased risk of developing the condition during a subsequent pregnancy. Regular checkups mean this condition can be diagnosed early and managed appropriately.