Diabetes

Types of Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes occurs when high levels of sugar are present in the blood during a woman’s pregnancy. It is usually diagnosed between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. In the vast majority of cases it disappears after the baby is born but women who develop this will have to be monitored because their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes increases. Read more

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a group of health conditions and mostly cardiovascular risk factors that puts people at higher risk of developing heart disease, other heart-related problems, and Type 2 Diabetes. Read more

Pre-Diabetes

Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as Diabetes. People with Pre-Diabetes usually don't have any symptoms, so the condition can be present for many years without being noticed. If you have Pre-Diabetes then you are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes however you can prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes by adopting healthier lifestyle. Read More

Type 1 Diabetes

 Type 1 Diabetes, formerly called juvenile onset or insulin dependent Diabetes (IDDM), develops when your body’s own immune system attack the cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin. These insulin-producing cells are therefore destroyed which leads to a state of insulin deficiency. Sugar levels in the blood stream are controlled by insulin. Without insulin, high levels of sugar stay in the blood and Diabetes develops. Type 1 Diabetes develops usually over a few weeks, and symptoms are normally very obvious. It is a life-long condition and usually occurs in children and young adults however it can still occur at any age. Read more

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes, formerly known as 'maturity onset' Diabetes or non-insulin dependent Diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), develops when your body is unable to use the insulin produced by the pancreas to manage blood sugar levels, a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for controlling blood sugar levels in your body. With Type 2 Diabetes, the cells in your body do not respond properly to normal levels of insulin, so your body, specifically the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, will need to produce more insulin than normal. Over time, the pancreas will not be able to keep up with the body’s increased demand; eventually failing to produce your body’s insulin needs which leads to both a problem of insulin resistance and lack of adequate insulin production at a later stage in the progression of the disease. Whether insulin is not working properly or whether your body does not produce enough insulin the result is the same: elevated blood sugar levels in the bloodstream. Read more