Health Education: Diabetes
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Is a condition where the pancreas is no longer making insulin. The body is then unable to move sugar (fuel) into the cells for energy and a significant build-up in the blood occurs (hyperglycemia). There is no treatment option with this type of diabetes. If your body does not make insulin, you must take a shot everyday to live. In addition, you must eat healthy meals and snacks. Daily exercise is also very important in helping to control blood sugar.
Type 2 Diabetes
the pancreas is still making insulin; however, it is not making enough or the insulin is not working as it should for normal control. Again, the result is the sugar builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia), which makes you sick and can damage different parts of your body over time. First avenue for treatment is diet and exercise. Weight loss will often help lower blood sugar. If this does not help, you may have to take diabetes pills or even insulin shots.