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The Differences Between Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

The differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes confuse many individuals. Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, I was taught the differences between the two forms of the disease. I understood many details about diabetes and I assumed that everyone else did also. After interacting with many individuals over the years, I discovered that this was not the case. Persons usually make the assumption that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes come about as a result of poor health choices and being overweight. However, this assumption is incorrect. While both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterised by having higher than normal blood sugar levels, the cause and development of the each type are different. Below are the primary differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 1. Cause: Type 1 Diabetes is an Autoimmune Disease While Type 2 Diabetes Isn’t In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues. Immune system antibodies attack and destroy insulin-producing cells (beta cells) in the pancreas resulting in type 1 diabetes. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood instead of Continue reading >>

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    Type 1 Diabetes Memes

    There are some pretty good memes here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Type-1-Diabetes-Memes/293178187408030?ref=br_tf
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