In case you weren’t aware of, there are two different kinds of diabetes they are known as “Type 1” and “Type 2”. They are both consider to be chronic diseases that affect the way our bodies regulate the sugar in our blood or glucose.
Glucose is the fuel needed to feed our cells, but in order to do that, glucose needs an additive called insulin.
Those who suffer from type 1 diabetes are unable to produce Insulin.
Those suffering from type 2 diabetes are unable to process insulin the way a healthy body would, and with the disease progressing they stop producing the necessary levels of insulin required.
Whatever the type of diabetes the person has, it will always lead to chronic high blood sugar levels which is often responsible for several other diabetes complications.
Both types of diabetes shared some similar symptoms when they are left unchecked.
– Frequent Urination.
– Frequent Thirst.
– Increase in water drinking.
– Blurry Vision.
– Improper healing of Cuts.
Additionally, those suffering from type 1 diabetes often experience mood swings and irritability and begin to lose weight unintentionally.
Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes will experience a tingling sensation and numbness in their hands and feet.
Even though there are plenty of similar symptoms between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the way they present in each person is different. For example, those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes won’t experience any symptoms for years as they developed very slowly over time. Actually, some people won’t even realize they are suffering from type 2 diabetes as they don’t experience any symptoms at all and only come to realize they have a disease when major complications appear.
On the other end of the spectrum, the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes will develop rather quickly in a matter of weeks. There was a time in which type 1 diabetes was known as juvenile diabetes because it would normally develop during childhood or adolescence. But, it isn’t uncommon to develop type 1 diabetes later in life.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes share the same name, but they are entirely different diseases, each with their own uniqueness.
The cause of type 1 diabetes is when our body’s immune system begins to attack our healthy cells as if they were foreign invaders. More specifically it begins to attack the cells responsible for the production of insulin, and that is why the body is left unable to produce insulin anymore.
On the other hand, those who suffer from type 2 diabetes develop an insulin resistance. While the body is still able to produce insulin it is rendered unable to use it in the way it’s supposed to.
In both cases researchers are at a loss as to what exactly is the reason this diseases appear in the first place and how to cure them.