What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus comes in many flavors type 1, type 2, gestational, and variations such as maturity onset diabetes in the young (MOOY) and latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood (LADA). What all of these disorders have in common is an inherent inability to self regulate the levels of blood glucose or cellular fuel in the body […]

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Family History

Heredity plays a large part in the development of type 2 diabetes. If you have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes, your chances of developing the disease double. And there is a concordance rate of up to 90 percent among identical twins with type 2, meaning that in up to 90 percent of cases […]

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Not Just for Adults Anymore

Type 2 diabetes, once considered an “adults only” disease, is appearing in children and teens in epidemic proportions. In 2000, an expert panel of the American Diabetes Association estimated that on average 20 percent of newly diagnosed diabetes in children was type 2, and 85 percent of those children were obese. This alarming surge in […]

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Type 1B Or Idiopathic Diabetes

Type 1 B diabetes is also referred to as idiopathic diabetes, or diabetes of unknown origin. This form of type 1 diabetes is not autoimmune in nature, and tests for islet cell antibodies will come up negative. People with type 1 B have an insulin deficiency and can experience ketoacidosis (a high blood sugar emergency), […]

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Insulin Is Not a Cure

Subcutaneous injections of insulin are the frontline treatment for type 1 diabetes. However, it’s important to realize that insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor can insulin treatment erase the potential for complications and increased risk for other autoimmune disorders that accompany the disease. The only current “cure” for the disease is the transplantation […]

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Prediabetes

Type 2 diabetes does not strike without warning. Prediabetes, also known as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) , precedes the condition by months, years, and sometimes even decades. As the name suggests, prediabetes is defined by blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to indicate diabetes. […]

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Hyperinsulinemia

Hyperglycemia is not the only danger in type 2 diabetes. As glucose levels build up in the bloodstream, the pancreas kicks out more and more insulin in an effort to bring them back down. Consistently high levels of circulating insulin is a condition known as hyperinsulinemia. Essential People with type 2 can also develop diabetic […]

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