What are the different types of diabetes?
The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
– Type 1 diabetes: People with this type of diabetes do not make insulin in their bodies. Their immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can occur at any age. These people must inject insulin daily to ensure their survival.
– Type 2 Diabetes: The body of people with type 2 diabetes produces insulin, unlike type 1, but the body’s cells do not respond as effectively as they did before. You can develop this type of diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, it usually occurs in middle-aged and older people. It is the most common type of diabetes.
– Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops in some pregnant women and most of the time it goes away after the baby is born. However, women with this type of diabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.