The two common types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes…
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is caused by a loss of the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. The onset is usually abrupt with the classical symptoms of thirst, weight loss and passing large volumes of urine.However, it can also be of slow onset, and is now recognised to occur at any age. For this reason it is often difficult to distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition where there the body becomes resistant to the glucose lowering effect of insulin.It often runs in families, but becomes more prominent with age, increasing weight and an inactive lifestyle. The onset is often slow, so it can be diagnosed routinely when presenting with other complaints.
- You may have risks for diabetes, including a strong history in your family, and therefore be found on further testing to have the condition.
- You might have attended for some other problem and on routine testing you are found to have diabetes.
- You could have presented with the classical symptoms of diabetes, such as weight loss, passing a lot of urine or drinking a lot.
- Or you might become unwell to the point where you need to attend hospital as an emergency.
- A health check to have a look at your diabetes and to make decisions on how it is best treated.
- A full explanation of what diabetes is and what treatment you will be receiving.
- Advice about food and exercise in the management of your diabetes
- Information about how to monitor your diabetes
- Advice on how other illnesses or life events affect your diabetes and how to manage these events.
- An explanation of the routine health checks which everybody with diabetes should have on a yearly basis.
- Offered a formal appointment for a structured education course in diabetes
Many of these topics are covered in detail in other sections of this website.
So if you are new to diabetes, to get started have a look at these pages for useful advice and information.