Differences between Type 1 & 2 Diabetes - Health Channel

Differences between Type 1 & 2 Diabetes




Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. In this case, there is an underlying genetic predisposition, but much less than type 2, says Lois Exelbert, Nurse Diabetes Educator and Patient Care Manager with Baptist Hospital.
Lupus, certain types of arthritis or certain types of cancer are considered autoimmune diseases. In case of type 1 diabetes, the attack cells target the insulin producing cells of the body. Insulin by injection must be the treatment for type 1 diabetes, she explains.
In type 2 diabetes there are many things that patients can do such as lifestyle changes, oral medications, injectables that are not insulin and insulin, she describes.
She advises not waiting until 45 to see a doctor, if someone has a family history of diabetes or he’s overweight. **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
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