Wednesday, 11 April 2012

What is Diabetes?

After the initial shock of learning my diagnosis I went into full on research mode.  I realised I needed to answer the basic question... what is diabetes?   Well, I already knew that there was Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.  I did not realise that an adult could be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  I also did not realise that there was gestational diabetes that occurs in pregnant women. 

I also thought of Type 1 Diabetes as the one where you had to take insulin.  As I would find through my research many type 2 diabetics also need insulin. 

To simplify what I learned, with Type 1 Diabetes certain cells in the pancreas had quit producing insulin, thus the need for injections.

With Type 2 Diabetes there could be a number of issues... maybe the pancreas has slowed down the production of insulin or maybe the body wasn't responding to insulin the way it should. 

I read probably 20 books on diabetes over the next week.  In future posts I will go over what books I found most helpful.  I discovered it was an extremely complicated disease and that even though it is so prevalent there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the causes and treatments of diabetes.  Now they are even saying there is a Type 3 or Type 2.5.

After my initial research my brain was a little full to put it lightly. 

It was actually quite stressful realising that there could be serious complications if I did not take my diabetes seriously.  Also, even if I did take it seriously there are still no guarantees that something bad won't happen.  There never are though... that is life.  I could get hit by a bus, attacked by a raging wolverine, or get another, far more debilitating illness.  Things need to be kept in perspective.

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