Diabetes is a disease where a person’s body is unable to properly store and use glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar and if someone has diabetes their glucose levels will often rise too high. There are basically two different types of diabetes including type I and type II. A person who has type I diabetes will need to take insulin injections on a daily basis. This type of diabetes can occur at any age but usually it begins in young adults or children.
Type II diabetes, on the other hand, is a condition that occurs when the body is either unable to properly use insulin or does not produce enough insulin. Typically, this type of diabetes will normally occur in someone who is overweight, has a family history of diabetes, or over 40 years of age. However, today we see many more cases of type II diabetes occurring in people of a younger age, particularly adolescents.
Diabetes education is extremely important and you can tell if you have diabetes if you experience some of these following symptoms. Some of the symptoms include frequent urination, weight loss, being very thirsty, blurry vision, increased hunger, irritability, wounds that will not heal, extreme unexplained fatigue, frequent infections of the bladder, skin, or gums, or numbness or tingling in the feet or hands. There are instances where a person may not have any of the above symptoms and live with type II diabetes for a long period of time without even knowing that they have the disease.
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