Type 1 Diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. This may be triggered by a viral or other infection and, whilst there is a lot of research being undertaken into what makes these cells breakdown, the causes are at this time unknown.
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes, and people can live with it for many years without being aware that they have the condition. In today's modern environment, there are many factors which can put people at risk.
There are several causes of Type 2 Diabetes. These can include:
The Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes are:
In Type 1 Diabetes the signs and symptoms will usually be very obvious, developing quickly, normally over a few weeks.
In people with Type 2 Diabetes the signs and symptoms will not be so obvious or even non-existent. Taking early action is key so if any of the symptoms apply to you, ask your GP for a Diabetes test.
In both types of Diabetes, the symptoms are quickly relieved once the Diabetes is treated. Early treatment will also reduce the chances of developing serious health problems.
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