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Friday, May 24, 2013
You or a loved one might already be living with diabetes, just like 20.8 million Americans. Or maybe there was a recent diagnosis of diabetes. Either way, it is important that you know the facts about this lifelong and serious - but manageable - medical condition.
There are several forms of Diabetes. Diabetes is caused as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin. In some cases, the pancreas does not produce any insulin at all.
Type 1 Diabetes. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that is not producing any insulin. They will have to receive insulin for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 Diabetes. Individuals with Type 2 diabetes have a pancreas that produces some insulin, but not nearly enough to meet their needs. Type 2 is by far the most common form of diabetes. Between 90% and 95% of the people who have diabetes have Type 2.
Gestational Diabetes. Another common form of the disease is gestational diabetes. This condition occurs during pregnancy. Women who deliver babies over nine pounds in weight are at the most risk of developing this pregnancy-related type of diabetes. About 90% of the time, gestational diabetes disappears after delivery. Patients with gestational diabetes, however, have a 3-4 times greater risk of having Type 2 diabetes later in life.
You can do everything you are supposed to do to cut the risk and still get diabetes. Although it is a serious condition and one that must be treated properly, diabetes is a disease that can be controlled. In fact, millions of Americans lead active and perfectly functional lives with diabetes without their medical conditions controlling them.
By working with your team of healthcare professionals and never being afraid to ask questions or discuss treatment options, you can make the most of the situation.
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Last Reviewed: Dec 07, 2012
Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Bette K Idemoto, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University