Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes involves the body destroying the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Therefore, no insulin is made resulting in the need to inject insulin daily. In comparison, Type 2 diabetes involves the body not responding efficiently to insulin. Even though some insulin may still be made, blood glucose levels increase. This is why medication and/or insulin injections may be needed.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. Usually, this form of diabetes resolves after delivery of the baby however, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future increases.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to complications such as a heart attack, stroke and damage to the nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet.