Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes 

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are classes of the metabolic disease diabetes mellitus. The basic difference between them is categorized by genetic factors and behavioral or lifestyle factors.

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Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes? 

Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the inability of your body to either produce or produce enough insulin because of infection or disease resulting in the inability of normal blood sugar metabolism by way of insulin normally produced in sufficient quantity in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetics are insulin-dependent, meaning people with type 1 diabetes must take the medication form of insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by late-onset of diabetes most commonly associated with race, age, weight, and obesity. Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance developed by poor eating and physical activity habits among other factors. It is lifestyle-induced meaning it can be reversed if corrective measures, and in some instances, medications are added to a routine of healthy eating and daily exercise.

Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes 

The amount of elevated blood sugar and other preexisting conditions affect the signs and symptoms of diabetes. People who experience mild symptoms or no symptoms may, in fact, be candidates for prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with Type 1 diabetes experience and express moderate to severe symptoms of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes:

  • People disposed to genetics and family history of diabetes
  • People managing diseases of the pancreas
  • People who have specific illnesses or infections that affect the pancreas

Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Primarily body weight
    People who are overweight or obese indicated by BMI values of 25 or above.
  • Distribution of fat
    People who hold a majority of their body fat around their waist as opposed to extremities.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
    Specifically the lack of consistent physical activity or exercise each day.
  • Race
    Non-Whites vs Hispanics, People of African descent, American Indians, and American Asians are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Age
    Adults Age 45 and over, although alarming statistics add young people to the age category at risk for type 2 diabetes, the common factor qualifying alleges in inactivity, specifically the lack of regular moderately intense exercise for 1 hour in duration daily.
  • People with regular high blood sugar defined as prediabetes
  • Gestational DiabetesDeveloped in pregnant women
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome in women along with obesity[1]

Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is thought of as lifestyle-induced diabetes and can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes is most common among adults. Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed early in life, typically during early childhood or adolescence. If you feel or experience any of these signs or symptoms you should contact your doctor immediately.

Type 1 diabetes is not a disease of choice. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs early in life due to specific genetic or illness factors. Type 2 diabetes is, for a lack of a better term, chosen. Essentially, if you are overweight or obese, over the age of 40, eat poorly, and are inactive (meaning no regular exercise) along with certain genetic factors — you may have a high risk of developing insulin resistance and/ or Type 2 diabetes.

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    diabetes was last modified: August 4th, 2022 by Derek Curtice