There are two types of diabetes, type 1 (IDDM) and TYPE 2 (NIDDM). Type 2 is the more common. It effects nearly 90 per cent of diabetics, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association.The more severe Type I — which requires insulin — affects about 10 per cent.
A major difference between the two types of diabetes is Type I is something one is born with, and usually requires regular insulin injections. Type II can be acquired over time; people over 40, those with a family history of diabetes, and those with unhealthy lifestyles (lack of exercise, poor eating habits/obesity) are at greater risk of developing this type of diabetes.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, this year’s theme is understanding of the link between diabetes and cardio-vascular problems such as heart disease.
he number of Canadians with diabetes or “pre-diabetes” is staggering — an estimated 2.4 million with the disease, and another six million with pre-diabetes, which places them at high risk of developing full-fledged diabetes. One misconception about diabetes is the disease itself is what’s always fatal. In fact, it’s more often the complications that can arise from it that are the killers.
Source: Calgary Herald
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