Diabetes; Type 1 and Type 2

I’ve decided to do my latest blog on something very personal to myself and relevant in today’s news DIABETES.

First I think most people are aware that there are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 this where the confusion begins.

Type 1 is seen as the most severe due to the fact that all Type 1 diabetics are insulin dependent. The reason for this is that the pancreas has ceased to function.

A number of things can cause this including illness but it is completely unavoidable for those that suffer from Type 1, generally it happens during childhood and is a genetic disorder.

Type 2 diabetes or Adult onset Diabetes as the name suggests tends to happen later in life and is caused by being overweight, under active and poor diet high in calories and sugar. This form is completely avoidable and reversible – if a lifestyle change is made!

Type 2 as I suggest can be controlled with diet and exercise without medication, the next phase if changes are not made would be Metformin and finally becoming Type 2 insulin dependent. Now in my opinion this is the most dangerous! Often Type 1, such as myself have lived with it for years and immediately have to learn to deal with insulin which can be extremely dangerous, even deadly, Type 2 diabetics have had years to adapt their lifestyles and eating habits and if they still haven’t and become insulin dependent then there most likely never going to and will find it almost impossible to live with insulin dependency.

Unfortunately there is a now a new trend of young children becoming Type 2 diabetic, which was unheard of 10 years ago. This is caused by increased child obesity and to be frank, fat people bringing up fat kids! The aim of this blog is to educate people in the difference between Type 1 diabetes – an unavoidable illness and Type 2 an avoidable and in a lot of cases reversible illness, something that with correct education can improve people’s lives and that if their families.

 

 

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