diabetes. Almost one in ten people has diabetes. Diabetes is also commonly referred to as diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. There is sometimes confusion between these two types. That is why we explain the differences in this blog, read on.
WHAT ARE DIABETES?
Let's start by explaining exactly what diabetes is. When you have diabetes, your body cannot ensure that your blood sugar is in balance. In a healthy person, this is precisely regulated by the hormone insulin. Insulin ensures that sugar moves from your blood to your cells. Someone with diabetes has little or no insulin, which means that the sugar remains in the blood. This causes problems, especially in the longer term. Fortunately, nowadays there are several treatment methods through which type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be reasonably controlled.
WHAT IS DIABETES TYPE 1?
Type 1 diabetes is a form of diabetes that cannot be prevented. This is because the person's immune system destroys the cells that make the insulin. The body itself is therefore no longer able to produce insulin and move the sugar. Fortunately, there are several ways to control type 1 diabetes. Which way is the best varies from person to person. Often an insulin pump is used, or a sensor is used.
WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 is by far the most common, nine out of ten diabetes patients have type 2. You don't have this type of diabetes right from birth. There are many factors that can play a role. Hereditary predisposition, obesity and little exercise are some factors. In this type, the body has too little insulin or no longer responds well to it. By adopting a healthier lifestyle and by means of medication, type 2 diabetes can often still be treated. A few have to inject insulin with this type of diabetes.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIABETES TYPE 1 AND DIABETES TYPE 2?
The major difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is how the disease develops. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body no longer produces insulin. Type 1 is also called juvenile diabetes because it often develops at a young age. It differs in this respect from type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes often occurs at a later age and is also referred to as a disease of old age. Heredity plays a greater role in type 2 diabetes than in type 1. Factors such as little exercise and poor eating habits are also relevant in type 2 diabetes. In some cases, type 2 diabetes can be (partially) cured. Unfortunately, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes yet.
MAKE DIABETES MORE PLEASANT
Because we know first-hand how much impact diabetes has on your life, we want to make this disease as bearable as possible. That is why we started Diacé. With our range diabetes accessories we hope to make a patient's life as pleasant as possible.