Diabetes is assessed from patient to patient and can vary depending on each individual’s health. One of the main ways to avoid developing diabetes is balancing a diet that incorporates a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains along with daily exercise is vital to keeping our body healthy and well maintained. Oak Street Health makes it easy to see a doctor quickly and creates a unique care plan for your type of diabetes.
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Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Explained
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when one’s immune system attacks its own pancreas and destroys the cells that make insulin. This is why those with type 1 diabetes have to regularly take insulin because, without it, their body would have no energy and fail. The primary cause for this disease is genetics and therefore, it’s less likely that a patient can prevent it. However, there are many steps a patient can take in their daily life to improve the side effects of their disease and improve their condition.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of diabetes), is induced when one’s body does not make enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin well. Insulin is a hormone that affects the levels of blood sugar (glucose) and how it is used by the body. Unlike type 1 diabetes, it is possible to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes as it can be avoided through the maintenance of a healthy diet and exercise. The risk for developing type 2 diabetes can be identified early by seeing your doctor for annual screenings.
Frequently Asked Questions for Diabetes
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