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Understanding Diabetes

Pomerene Marketing - Monday, November 16, 2015

 There are two major forms of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

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Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 accounts for nearly 95% of all diabetes nationwide. Reports of Type 2 diabetes in children – previously rare – have increased. This form of Diabetes can be prevented!

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, regular physical activity is important for your overall health and wellness. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days and a healthy diet can drastically reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.

 

Blog Written by Tara Martin, Wellness Coordinator  



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