September 2017

What are type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of blood sugar or glucose. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million more Americans have prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Both are serious diseases that increase a person’s risk of heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, neurological problems, and damage to blood vessels and organs. In fact, people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have double the risk of heart attacks, compared to those who don’t have the disease. Read more