Doctors know of three types of diabetes. All are related to both the amount of insulin produced and the ability of the body to use this insulin effectively. The divisions are made this way:

Type 1: No insulin production whatsoever. The natural insulin producer, the pancreas, doesn't work. This can be because of over work due to long-term resistance to insulin requiring long-term overproduction or pancreas destruction by disease (certain sorts of flu have been know to cause this for instance). Some people have to control their insulin through direct action. This can be done automatically with artifical pumps or monitoring blood sugar levels and adding compatable insulin by injection, if needed.

Type 2: Blood sugar monitoring is required because insulin production and use is abnormal. When you have high blood surgar problems after meals and you react differently to food than normal people (while still not adding insulin), you are consittered Type 2 diabetic. Your pancreas can produce several times more insulin than it normally needs, but over time the stress can call cause failure. Until that time, your inability to use insulin well (insulin resistance) stresses the organ. In many, insulin resistance occures through the combination of being overweight, long term dehydration, and systematic nutritional starvation. Not all obese people are diabetic, but the odds are in favor it happening if you are. Chronic lack of correct nutrition causes the body to use insulin as a nutrition scavenging source as well as a transport mechanism for blood sugar into the individual cells, requiring more insulin to be present within the system.

It is provien that daily exercise increases sensitivity to insulin. This generally results in the body needing to produce less insulin.

Bodily fluids are slowed by to much insulin - both the fluids inside and outside body cells become thicker. Thick fluids don't move well. This causes poor cirulation, with the results first showing in many in the extremities as nerves are damaged from poor circulation. Further things that happen can be heart attacks, strokes, or clogged arteries are found. Common medical practice is to treat a type 2 diabetic as a person that has had 1 heart attack, whether they have or not, because the stress of moving these thicker fluids around causes.

Type 3 diabetes is a recent classification. One way of descrbing it is as combination of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The patient has type 2 diabetes, many with insulin resistance, but the decision has been made to suppliment insulin production with additonal. Insulin is used the same as Type 1 diabetics, through injections. Why do doctors recommend injecting insulin to type 2 diabetics? Because control of diet, exercise, or oral medication didn't produce blood sugar control. Sad to say, but in some, it is because people don't do what's right for them.

When you have this disease, you and your doctor need to monitor your conditon closely. Adding insulin as needed whiln not dealing with overeating is provien to cause a short life and plenty of suffering in a significant portion of the population. At the rate diabetes is penetrating the population, we can expect 1/2 of the popuilation to be diabetic.

Are you going to be in the diabetes pool or are you going to be out of it? For you and those you love, make sure you are one of the ones without diabetes.

Author's Bio: 

Russel Donohue was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1993. From then on, he has learned about this illness. Lately, this education is coming together. Combinded with my doctors work, I'm dong better than I was.

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