What's the difference between Type 1 and Type
Most people have heard of diabetes, but did you know there is
more than one type?
Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not
produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the
cells). This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder
in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it.
In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is
Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin
injections to move sugar from the bloodstream. This type of diabetes is
usually diagnosed before age 40.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is
less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream. Some sugar is moved
out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal
insulin efficiency. High blood sugars are a result of this.
Diet, exercise, weight loss, and possible medications are the
treatment for this type of diabetes. Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may
be placed on insulin to better control blood sugars. This type of diabetes
is associated with physical inactivity and obesity. Type 2 Diabetes used
to be thought of as the adult onset type of diabetes. However, an
alarming rate of children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
Talk with your doctor or diabetes educator to learn more about
what type of diabetes you have. Learn about what treatment is right for