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Diabetes: The Differences Between Types 1 And 2

Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus (DM), is a metabolic disorder in which the body cannot properly store and use sugar. It affects the body's ability to use glucose, a type of sugar found in the blood, as fuel. This happens because the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells do not correctly respond to insulin to use glucose as energy. Insulin is a type of hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate how blood sugar becomes energy. An imbalance of insulin or resistance to insulin causes diabetes. Diabetes is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, vision loss, neurological conditions, and damage to blood vessels and organs. There is type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. They have different causes and risk factors, and different lines of treatment. This article will compare the similarities and differences of types 1 and 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnancy and typically resolves after childbirth. However, having gestational diabetes also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, so patients are often screened for type 2 diabetes at a later date. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Continue reading >>

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  1. thematrix162

    T1 I've been a diabetic for about 6 years now and have smoked weed on and off through out those years. So I've read online how weed is great for your blood sugar in tons of ways and some articles even claim that you can substitute weed for insulin shots. I've experienced first hand getting the munchies and eating a ton and just ignoring my blood sugar then going to check it an hour later and it's as if I never ate. Tl;DR- How does Marijuana effect your blood sugar?

  2. kerray

    I didn't notice any effects even with Dexcom... and I have to compensate for munchies with insulin of course

  3. thematrix162

    That's interesting. Who knows. Everyone reacts differently to weed.

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