Though it takes several forms, diabetes is a condition involving insulin. Think of insulin as the gatekeeper for the body’s cells. It’s insulin that allows sugar in the blood into the cells to fuel their operation. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops making insulin, and the patient needs injections to replace what the body no longer makes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body builds resistance to insulin. The pancreas may still make insulin, but not enough to fuel the body properly. The Type 2 diabetes patient either needs additional insulin or another drug to control how blood sugar gets processed in the body.
Initially, there may be no symptoms at all. Generally, symptoms vary by how the high blood sugar is, but patients with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms until the conditions progress. Type 1 diabetes patients usually have more serious symptoms that come on much faster. Some symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:
Diabetes patients gradually develop long-term health complications. The longer a patient has the disease and if they do not seek to control it, the greater the risk of complications. Complications that arise from diabetes include:
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