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The Three Types of Diabetes

There are three types of diabetes and they differ significantly. For example there are both unpreventable and preventable forms, as well as gestational diabetes which occurs in some pregnant women. Different types have different issues and many have different treatment. Of course take your doctor's advice!
Type one diabetes is unpreventable and usually is diagnosed early in one's life, typically childhood or as a young adult. The body simply stops making insulin and there is not much that can be done about it, other than taking insulin. It cannot be controlled via diet, exercise or lifestyle.

Type two diabetes is most common. Approximately 90-95% of people have this type, and it occurs because the body produces too little insulin or the bodies cells become insulin resistant. Unlike with type one, the body is still producing some insulin. Many people with this type can control it via diet and exercise, although some still require oral medication or injections.
If you develop type 2 diabetes, chances are you'll live five to ten years less, often due to heart disease! This is however preventable in most cases.
Gestational diabetes occurs in three to five percent of pregnant women, and should be tested for around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes increases the risk for type two diabetes later in life.

The most common type of diabetes is type two diabetes, which can shorten your life span. However you can reduce your risk for developing type two diabetes in several ways, including watching your weight and exercising.
Harry Baldwin writes on health and safety. Read his latest tips on Rubber Stair Treads and Carpet Stair Treads


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