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What exactly is diabetes and how is it related to
There are two types of diabetes, the cause of Type 1 is unknown and it occurs when cells in the pancreas which produce insulin are damaged and fail to do their job. This can happen after a viral infection or if a person has had a severe shock. Type 2 diabetes generally occurs in people over 40, often with a family history of the illness and around 80% of the people in this group are overweight. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body does produce insulin, but it either doesn’t produce enough or it can’t use insulin properly. Insulin is needed by the body to convert sugar into energy. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in the developed world and is now becoming increasingly common amongst younger people. Symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination and tiredness. Diabetes can lead to heart and kidney problems, as well as blindness and so it is important to make sure it is controlled.
Although the causes of diabetes are unknown, scientists have established that there is a definite link between overeating and type 2. Therefore developing a healthy eating pattern and taking sufficient exercise are important factors, both in prevention and disease control.
Anyone who is very overweight is at risk of diabetes. Diseases caused by
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