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What Is Diabetes?
To understand what diabetes is, you have to understand the differences between type I and type II diabetes. Both forms of diabetes affect how your body balances the levels of glucose and insulin in the body. Too much or too little of either can have major health consequences.
Type I Diabetes
Individuals who have type I are typically born with it or have an onset at a very young age. This type of diabetes is a condition where the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin to balance out the glucose in the blood stream. Common symptoms can include extreme thirst, fatigue, hunger, and frequent urination. One of the only ways in which to properly regulate type I diabetes is with insulin therapy.
Type II Diabetes
Type II is a condition that occurs later in life and is a problem with the body not being able to correctly process blood glucose after eating due to the body being resistant to insulin. Glucose is then unable to make it to the cells that need the energy to function. Most doctors will recommend a strict diet and exercise plan in order to help the body heal.