Two major types of chronic diabetes conditions include:
|Type I diabetes||Once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, it’s a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.|
|Type II diabetes||Once known as adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, it’s a chronic condition that impacts the way our body metabolizes sugar (glucose), an important source of fuel for our body. Under this condition, our body either resists the effects of insulin, or does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.|
Symptoms of diabetes vary depending on the level of increase in blood sugar. In fact, people with prediabetes or type II diabetes, may not experience any symptoms in the initial stages. In type I diabetes, symptoms tend to manifest quickly and can be more severe.
If you’re suffering any of the following symptoms, get yourself tested for diabetes.
|Constant feeling of thirst||Frequent urination|
|Unexplained weight loss||Extreme hunger|
|Frequent gums, skin,
or vaginal infections
|Presence of ketones in the urine|
Type I diabetes is a condition that a person of any age can face. However, this type of diabetes typically appears during childhood. The more common type of diabetes, type II diabetes, can develop at any age.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s time for you to get your blood sugar levels tested.
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