Diabetes Types

What are the Different Diabetes Types?

Diabetes is one of the most common health problems of this and future generations. It is called a disease but I would simply call it a result of an eating disorder. That is because in most type 2 diabetics their disease has came upon them as a result of eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods.

Type 2 diabetes (the most common of the diabetes types) was once called adult onset diabetes as it usually appeared in adults in their mature years. That is no longer true. Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as insulin resistant diabetes.

Today younger children get type 2 diabetes as well. Why the change? I believe it is due to too many processed foods, the preponderance of soft drinks, too many foods and drinks sweetened with corn syrups and the overly sweet American diet.

Today’s rush, rush world has us ordering pizza or catching a fast food meal, instead of consuming a meal with raw fruits and vegetables. Over the last few years, more and more researchers have come to the conclusion that our American diet is killing us. The U.S. Government has a variety of sites up to help us relearn out eating habits.

The U.S. Dept. of Health now recommends consuming 7-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables by all Americans for better health.

There are several types of diabetes, they are:

• Type 1 Usually called Juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent. This is where the pancreas produces no insulin.

• Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, what I call treatable or reversible diabetes is where the cells do not absorb or utilize insulin very well. See the cause of insulin resistance.

• Type 3 is Gestational diabetes which pregnant women sometimes get.

• Double Diabetes is the latest form now appearing in 30% of the children who get diabetes. It is a combination of type 1 and type 2

Diabetes is said to lower your lifespan by 13.5 years. Unfortunately the average American doesn’t take the disease seriously. Most people are like me. They have diabetes for 2 or more years until a symptom causes them to go to the doctor or they have a sudden stroke or heart attack. Since many first time heart attacks are fatal that really lowers your lifespan.

I would suggest that part of anyone’s annual physical or doctors visit would be a simple blood sugar test in your doctors office. Even many doctors fail to take this disease seriously.

I met a young man in his thirties at the gym who was told by a doctor that he was pre-diabetic. He had sugar readings in the 300’s and did not have any idea what was happening to him. I was shocked! My comment to him was: You are a diabetic. You need to do your own research to find out what this disease is all about. See What is Type 2 Diabetes?

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