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What are the different types of Diabetes and what are the differences in age...

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monkeyhead | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:59 AM via web

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What are the different types of Diabetes and what are the differences in age of onset, probable causes, symptoms, and treatments.

What are some of the damages/problem's associated with Diabetes and body organs such as the eyes, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels?                                                              

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 12, 2010 at 7:18 AM (Answer #1)

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There are few different kinds of diabetes.  You can have Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes usually develops in childhood and young adulthood. The exact cause is unknown, but most likely there is a viral or environmental trigger in genetically susceptible people that causes an immune reaction. The body's white blood cells mistakenly attack the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. The end result is the body is no longer able to produce insulin. 

Type 2 Diabetes commonly develops mature adults although there has been a rise in childhood Type 2 Diabetes. It develops in people who have a low activity level, poor diet, and excess fat around the waist.  Type 2 Diabetes usually develops gradually.  Excess fat has been linked with Type 2 Diabetes because fat interferes with the body's ability to use insulin.

Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy.  Common risk factors are African or Hispanic ancestry, obesity, being older than 25 while pregnant, family history of diabetes, and etc.

The symptoms of diabetes are high sugar levels in the body known as hyperglycemia. Other symptoms are blurry vision,excessive thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, and hunger.

Long term complications are atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, neuropathy, hypertension, and stroke.

Treatment includes lifestyle couseling, insuline therapy, and medication.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 12, 2010 at 9:49 AM (Answer #2)

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Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed early in life. It used to be called juvenile diabetes. In this type of diabetes the body does not produce insulin. Only 5-10% of people that have diabetes have this type. Insulin therapy is a treatment that is used for people who have Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common and millions of people have it. This type of diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. When people have this type of diabetes one of two things is going on. Either the body does not make enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin.

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually starts at about 28 weeks gestation. When a woman has gestational diabetes it means that she did not have diabetes before pregnancy but is experiencing high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. It also does not mean that she will have diabetes after pregnancy. Approximately 4% of pregnant women have gestational diabetes.

People with diabetes are at risk for developing many complications such as eye complications, foot complications, and skin complications. Eye complications include glaucoma and cataracts. Foot problems can occur due to a decrease in blood circulation. This is due to blood vessels narrowing and hardening. Neuropathy is also a major problem. Diabetes causes nerve damage. For example, a tack in the foot may not be felt and an infection could occur. Some severe diabetics have had to have amputations due to this. In addition, skin needs to be monitored for bacterial or fungal infections.

The American Diabetes Association has a wealth of information that you can use. I posted the website below.

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