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Diabetes is classed as a metabolism disorder. It is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood glucose or sugar levels to become very high.

The two main types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 diabetes

This occurs when the body does not produce insulin. This type of diabetes is also referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before their 40th birthday, often in early adulthood or teenage years.

  • Type 2 diabetes

This is a more common form of diabetes. This occurs when body does not produce enough insulin for its proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin. Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Gestational Diabetes

This type of diabetes occurs during pregnancy. This happens when a pregnant woman has very high levels of glucose in her blood, and her body is unable to produce enough insulin to transport all of the glucose into the cells. This results in progressively rising levels of glucose. Women with gestational diabetes, tend to give birth to very large babies.

Symptoms

Early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, are usually subtle, if even noticed at all. The main symptoms of diabetes however include significantly increased thirst, needing to urinate more often than usual and increased hunger.

Other symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weightloss
  • Slow healing
  • Genital itching
  • Blurred vision

Treatment

There are various types of treatment for diabetes. Based on your diagnosis, your doctor or health care provider will prescribe the treatment and management strategy that will be required. Ultimately, the aim of diabetes treatment is to keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible.

Treatment would also be agreed on an individual basis and address medical, psychosocial and lifestyle issues.

Prevention

Diabetes prevention should be a priority if you are at increased risk of diabetes, you are overweight or have a family history of the disease.

Prevention of diabetes, involves making lifestyle changes such as eating more healthy, becoming more physically active and losing weight.

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