Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the Basic Differences between Them
August 17, 2017 § Leave a comment
Since 2004, Dr. Lamont Tyler has served as a medical director at the OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois, where he oversees an urgent and acute care practice. Apart from his professional responsibilities, Dr. Lamont Tyler upholds a charitable commitment to the American Diabetes Association.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) comprises volunteers, diabetes patients, healthcare providers, and staff members that combine for a network of 1.5 million individuals. One of the main focuses of ADA is to educate the public on important topics, including the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes typically manifests in children and adolescents, and this form of the disease only appears in 5 percent of all diabetes patients. Individuals with this condition have bodies that do not produce sufficient amounts of insulin, a necessary hormone for transferring glucose from the bloodstream to the body’s cells. Insulin therapy allows patients to better manage their health.
In type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease, the body develops a resistance to insulin. The pancreas tries to compensate initially by making more, but after a while it cannot produce enough to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. People with type 2 diabetes typically have already had prediabetes, and testing for this can help doctors know to begin preventative treatments.