Diabetes

Diabetes comes in 2 major types: Type 1 and Type 2.
  • Type 1 Diabetes, otherwise known as “juvenile diabetes,” commonly appears in those 40 and younger, but only 5-10% of all diabetes cases are of this type. In this kind of diabetes, your body stops producing insulin, which is needed to break down the glucose your body needs for energy. This type of diabetes is usually hereditary, and cannot be prevented. Since there is no cure, patients must be diligent in administering insulin regularly, either with a subcutaneous insulin injection, or with a insulin pump, which constantly feeds it into your body. With care, you can easily manage your symptoms. For an indepth look, including diet, exercise, and symptoms, click below. 

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects the insulin produced in your body. Although it may not seem cardiovascular, it has a number of influences on your cardiovascular health, increasing stroke and heart disease risk. 

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  • Meanwhile, Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented, yet it makes up the majority of all diabetes cases. People with Type 2 have an insulin resistance, meaning their body rejects the consumption of insulin, essentially causing it to not know what to do with it. Type 2 diabetes is avoidable, and in some cases, reversable, with a good diet and exercise. ​​​

    • For both types, however, they share symptoms:​

      • excessive thirst and hunger

      • frequent urination

      • drowsiness or fatigue

      • dry, itchy skin

      • blurry vision

      • slow-healing wound

  • If you notice these, consult a doctor. 

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To assess your risks for Type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has created a handy risk calculator, shown at right. If you score a 5 or higher on this quiz, you are at higher risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, and you should talk to your doctor.