Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death worldwide, and 371 million people are currently living with the disease, while another 280 million are at high risk of developing it. If this progression isn't reversed, estimates project that half a billion people will have diabetes by 2030. For World Diabetes Day, take a moment to see how you can prevent or delay the disease and, in the process, help mitigate this global health threat.
The body needs insulin (a hormone) to convert the sugar glucose into energy. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce insulin, whereas in type 2, the pancreas either doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body doesn't properly respond to it. The Balance of Glucose and Insulin
Understanding Type 1 Diabetes
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What To Look For
Fatigue, continual thirst, a frequent need to urinate, severe hunger, and unexplained weight loss are all signs of both types of diabetes. Type 1 usually develops in children and young adults, while type 2 can occur at any age. Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
Signs and Symptoms of Early Type 2
How To Lose Weight To Prevent Diabetes
There's no way to prevent type 1 diabetes (it must be treated), but up to 80 percent of type 2 cases can be prevented with a good diet, regular exercise, and by maintaining a healthy weight. Step-by-Step Guide to Diabetes and Weight Loss
The Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes
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Dealing With Complications From Diabetes
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, and 2/3 of people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Consistently high blood glucose levels can also lead to problems with the eyes, nerves and teeth. The first step in avoiding these potential issues is to properly manage your diabetes.
Complications of Type 1 Diabetes