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There's a reason type 2 diabetes is sometimes called "the silent killer"

Many people have diabetes and don't know it because they don't have any symptoms. Diabetes causes your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) to be too high. Because the cells in your body can't turn the blood sugar into energy, the sugar builds up and can damage many parts of your body, such as your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Over time, diabetes can cause stroke, heart attack, or coma.

There are 3 types of diabetes

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What is type 1 diabetes?

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Type 1 Diabetes (Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body's own immune system fights the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
  • Sometimes called juvenile diabetes, but it can affect people at any age.
  • Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, dehydration, blurred vision, and weight loss.
  • No cure, but patients can control their blood sugar with daily insulin shots.
  • Not preventable.
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What is type 2 diabetes?

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Type 2 Diabetes (Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body doesn't make enough insulin, or it can't use the insulin correctly, so the cells can't process blood sugar correctly.
  • Most common type of diabetes.
  • Often has no symptoms.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Can be prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.
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What is gestational diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes

  • Affects some women during pregnancy.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Often prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Increases risk of problems during pregnancy.
  • Usually disappears after pregnancy, but mom has increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Babies are more likely to be obese and have diabetes.