From Elizabeth Woolley, former About.com Guide
Types of Diabetes
There are two main types of full-blown diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin. People with type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells don't respond to it. Pre-diabetes means that the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin and your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be. Gestational diabetes appears in women with no previous history of diabetes, usually during the last half of pregnancy.
Diabetes Risk Factors
There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Some of them come from our family history and genetics, but some can be turned around to help reverse or prevent the disease.
- What are the Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes?
- Top Warning Signs of Diabetes
- Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes
- What to Know About Insulin Resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Heart Disease
Short-term complications of diabetes, such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and ketoacidosis, can happen quickly. Patients need to be aware of their signs and symptoms and what to do to reverse them. Long-term complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and neuropathy, can seriously compromise a patient with diabetes.
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Type 2 Diabetes Foot Care
- MRSA and Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Kidney Disease in Diabetes
- Symptoms of Kidney Disease
- Living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Heart Disease and Diabetes
- Diabetes and Retinopathy
- Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis
- Diabetes and the Risk of Tuberculosis
Diagnosis of Diabetes
Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be difficult. Often symptoms are subtle and go unnoticed. Type 1 diabetes may have more dramatic symptoms but not always. Being aware of the symptoms of diabetes can help you seek treatment quickly if you notice that you are experiencing them. There are also simple blood tests that can be done in your doctor's office that can determine if you have diabetes.