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Different Kinds of Diabetes~6 types

The 6 Different Types of Diabetes

Mar 5, 2018 | Awareness https://thediabeticjourney.com/the-6-different-types-of-diabetes/

The 6 Different Types of Diabetes:

It’s not often that people will know about the 6 different types of diabetes, let alone the most common: type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Due to the complexity of the condition, it’s hard to properly diagnosis and distinguish between the different types of diabetes. But with more precise groupings, it will aid diagnosis and help towards responsive treatment.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that was once known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing (beta) cells in the pancreas. Approximately 5% of people with diabetes have this form. Symptoms can come on suddenly and progressively worsen. Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes include Increased Thirst, Frequent Urination, Bed-wetting (in children), Extreme Hunger, Weight Loss, Irritability, Fatigue, Weakness, and Blurred vision. (If you notice these symptoms seek medical attention right away). People with Type 1 Diabetes need to inject insulin every day in order for the glucose they eat to be used for energy. Diet and/or exercise is NOT a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. There is no known cure, but researchers believe genetics and environmental factors play a factor.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to it. Type 2 is the most common form and occurs in approximately 90% of people with diabetes. It can sometimes be controlled with proper diet and exercise, or a drug to enhance sensitivity to the body’s insulin production. But sometimes natural insulin production is insufficient and insulin injections are then needed to sustain normal blood glucose levels. You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are age 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight or obese.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that is diagnosed during pregnancy. Approximately 2-5% of women pregnant women will develop this condition. Gestational Diabetes is normally detected in the middle of the pregnancy around 24 to 28 weeks. A glucose test will be conducted by giving the patient a sweet liquid to drink. If higher than normal glucose levels are detected in the urine, further testing will be done to verify if the patient is producing enough insulin. Once there is a proper diagnosis, the patient can manage diabetes with proper diet, exercise, and monitoring blood glucose levels. If treated effectively, there is little risk of complications. Women with gestational diabetes can have healthy babies and the condition (normally) goes away after delivery.


LADA stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood. Like Type 1 Diabetes, LADA or (Type 1.5) occurs when the body stops producing adequate insulin. The difference is LADA progresses slowly and insulin may still be produced even after diagnosis. LADA is usually diagnosed in adulthood. LADA often gets confused and misdiagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes because of the same symptoms. Proper diagnosis of LADA is difficult and requires proficient testing of antibodies. The treatment of LADA patients will be similar to Type 1 Diabetes once insulin production is gone completely.


MODY or (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young) is a rare form of diabetes. MODY is caused by a mutation or change in a single gene disrupting insulin production. MODY affects 1-2% of people with diabetes. It is normally diagnosed in ages 20 and younger but can affect any age. MODY is a dominant genetic condition meaning a gene can be inherited and passed down by either mother or father. There are 11 different types of diabetes (MODY) and diagnosis will determine different treatment. MODY 1, 3, and 4 can be managed with a type of medicine called sulfonylurea therapy. MODY 2 can be treated with a proper diet and exercise. MODY 5 may need multiple treatments because it can affect other health problems. MODY 7-11 were recently discovered and patients will likely respond to treatments given to other types of MODY.

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Diabetes -Can It Be Cured?

Diabetes is a condition that affects blood sugar levels and causes many serious health problems if left untreated or uncontrolled. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can go into remission. People can manage it with medication and lifestyle changes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that develops when the body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes do not make insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.

People with type 2 diabetes develop a decreased sensitivity to insulin, which means the body does not make or use as much insulin as it needs. It is the more common of the two main types.

This article reviews therapies and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effects of diabetes on a person’s health.

Is diabetes curable?

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While diabetes is incurable, a person can stay in remission for a long time.

No cure for diabetes currently exists, but the disease can go into remission.

When diabetes goes into remission, it means that the body does not show any signs of diabetes, although the disease is technically still present.

Doctors have not come to a final consensus on what exactly constitutes remission, but they all include A1C levels below 6 percent as a significant factor. A1C levels indicate a person’s blood sugar levels over 3 months.

According to Diabetes Care, remission can take different forms:

  • Partial remission: When a person has maintained a blood glucose level lower than that of a person with diabetes for at least 1 year without needing to use any diabetes medication.
  • Complete remission: When the blood glucose level returns to normal levels completely outside of the range of diabetes or prediabetes and stays there for at least 1 year without any medications.
  • Prolonged remission: When complete remission lasts for at least 5 years.

Even if a person maintains normal blood sugar levels for 20 years, a doctor would still consider their diabetes to be in remission rather than cured.

Achieving diabetes remission can be as simple as making changes to an exercise routine or diet.


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Subtle Signs That You May Be Developing Diabetes

by Jessica Migala 5 hrs ago

a man is using his cell phone: Full-blown diabetes is easy to spot—virtually unquenchable thirst, numbness in your hands and feet—but the symptoms leading up to the disease are easier to ignore.

© Maskot Full-blown diabetes is easy to spot—virtually unquenchable thirst, numbness in your hands and feet—but the symptoms leading up to the disease are easier to ignore.

Paying attention to pre-diabetes warning signs could save you from an A&E visit – and prevent you from ever developing full-blown diabetes. Here are the top silent alarms.

1. You know what the bathroom looks like at night.

Because you visit often. As blood sugar levels go up, diabetes symptoms like frequent urination worsen.

“If 4 months ago you were getting up once in the middle of the night to pee and now you’re getting up three times, that’s a clue you need to get checked out,” says Andrew Bremer, M.D., Ph.D., program director at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

This may also be a symptom of prostate issues (such as an enlarged prostate). Either way, it’s best to bring the issue up with your doctor so he can rule out potential causes.

2. Your skin looks dirty.

You notice dark patches of skin on the back of your neck, but no matter how hard you rub, they won’t come off.

How come? Insulin resistance can cause a condition called acanthosis nigricans, which may appear during pre-diabetes.

The dark, velvety patches can ring your neck and also appear on your elbows and knees. Once you get your glucose under control, the patches will likely fade away.

3. You’re having trouble reading.

Having high blood sugar levels in the long term damages the tiny blood vessels in your retina, blurring your vision in one or both eyes. The medical term is diabetic retinopathy.

While a decade ago doctors thought only those with type 2 diabetes could develop the condition, they now know it can happen sooner.

In fact, nearly 8 percent of pre-diabetic people have diabetic retinopathy. Along with keeping your blood sugar under control to prevent progression of the disease, see an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once a year for a dilated eye exam, suggests the American Diabetes Association.

4. Your pants are getting loose.

Normally it would be pretty awesome to shed a few pounds and still enjoy a diet of pizza and beer, but unexplained weight loss can signal diabetes.

“I’d be concerned if you’re eating more and losing weight,” says Dr. Bremer.

It’s a sign that your body isn’t utilising calories effectively and you’re simply peeing out those nutrients.

5. Your blood pressure is creeping up.

The last time you had your BP checked, it was 140/90mmHG or above. That’s considered high blood pressure, and it puts you at a higher risk for developing diabetes. Left unchecked, the dynamic duo can damage your kidneys over time.


These symptoms alone won’t diagnose you with pre-diabetes. The only way to know is to go to your doctor and have your blood glucose levels measured, says Dr. Bremer.

If your doc delivers the bad news, do something about it. If you don’t? Well, 15 to 30 per cent of people with pre-diabetes develop the real thing within 5 years, according to the CDC.

Related: 8 Ways to Control Your Blood Sugar

Your first step: Lose weight via lifestyle changes like improving your diet and ramping up your activity levels. Pre-diabetics who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight over 6 months reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 85 percent, shows a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Diabetes~ Olives!!!

As with any information, seek medical help and answers before trying something new on your own. I did not write this nor do I agree or disagree with the article. I am just passing along information so you can make a informed decision on your own.


OLIVES: This low-carb snack fights inflammation, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and even helps you lose weight

Plus a LOT of other health benefits from this high-fat superfood!

By: Cat Ebeling 
Co-author of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning Kitchen, The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

This ONE Low Carb Snack Can Save Your Life, Prevent Alzheimer’s, Help You Lose Weight AND Look Younger!

You’ve seen them on every relish tray, in garnishes, in salads, and Italian and Greek dishes, and of course, the martini! I am talking about the ubiquitous olive—both green and black olives. While their oil seems to get all the attention, olives themselves are an awesome snack!

What’s so special about these oft overlooked little globes?

Olives contain all the same healthy fats that olive oil has. In fact, about 80% of the olive is in the form of healthy high oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. The same, of course that is in olive oil. This monounsaturated fat is anti-inflammatory and low glycemic making them an extremely healthy, low carb snack option.

Olives’ large collection of antioxidants not only help fight disease, but they also actually fight cancer, heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and help reverse aging! Olives even help boost blood levels of the powerful anti-aging substance, glutathione, which is one of the body’s most important antioxidant nutrients because of ability to recycle antioxidants. And they are the perfect Keto/low glycemic snack!

Olives come in green and black and if you’ve ever seen an olive bar at the grocery store, you will realize there are actually many, many different varieties of olives—all with varying levels of antioxidants—but all are rich in health benefits!

We already know that people who use olive oil regularly, especially in place of other fats, have much lower rates of heart disease, but did you know they also have lower rates of atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and asthma? Those same health benefits of olive oil transfer easily to olives themselves.

Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the fantastic health benefits of olives:

Prevents Oxidation of LDL

Studies on olive oil and atherosclerosis reveal that the particles of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) in the body, that contain the monounsaturated fats of olive oil are less likely to become oxidized. Since it is the oxidized cholesterol that is harmful and sticks to blood vessel walls, we know that the oxidation is what we want to avoid.

Significantly Improves Lipid Panel

A study published in the Medical Science Monitor reported that 2 tablespoons a day of olive oil added to an otherwise unchanged diet in 28 outpatients, ranging in age from 64 to 71, resulted in major drops in total, and LDL cholesterol. Plus, subject’s ratio of HDL:LDL greatly improved; they ended up with higher amounts of protective HDL in relationship to the lowered amounts of dangerous LDL cholesterol.

Olives and olive oil also contain heart-healthy antioxidants, including chlorophyll, carotenoids and other compounds tyrosol, hydrotyrosol and oleuropein.

Reduces Inflammation in Blood Vessels—Lowers Blood Pressure

By reducing both inflammation and free radical damage to cholesterol, olives protect the the lining of our blood vessels, helping to maintain their ability to relax and dilate—which helps prevent high blood pressure.

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

And in a new, highly significant study, published just last June, 2017, in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, researchers showed that the extra virgin olive oil which you can easily get straight from olives, actually protects memory and learning ability, and reduces the formation of the amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain—which are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the researchers in the study stated, [the] “One thing that stood out immediately was synaptic integrity,” the connections between neurons, known as synapses, are preserved in the animals on the extra-virgin olive oil diet. In addition, compared to mice on a regular diet, brain cells from animals in the olive oil group showed a dramatic increase in nerve cell autophagy activation, which was ultimately responsible for the reduction in levels of amyloid plaques and phosphorylated tau.

Helps prevent Breast Cancer

Olive oil may be the key reason that the Mediterranean diet reduces breast cancer risk, suggests a laboratory study published in the Annals of Oncology. Oleic acid, the main monounsaturated fatty acid in olives and olive oil, has been shown to reduce the expression of the Her-2/neu oncogene, which is associated with the aggressive growth of breast cancer tumors. High levels of Her-2/neu are found in one-fifth of breast cancers, especially those that are resistant to treatment. And when combined with Herceptin, a common drug used to treat breast cancer, it was found that oleic acid enhanced the effectiveness of the drug, dropping Her-2/neu expression as much as 70%, and lessened the necessary dosage of the chemotherapy drug as well. The end result: oleic acid promoted the apoptotic cell death (suicide) of aggressive, treatment resistant breast cancer.

Prevents diabetes, controls blood sugar

Studies in diabetic patients have shown that eating olives or olive oil helped to lower overall blood glucose levels. And—a lower glycemic diet with plenty of olives and olive oil helps to lower triglycerides, a key component in heart disease. Belly fat associated with insulin resistance leads to weight gain and type 2 diabetes, and olives are one food shown time and time again to help fight this.

Speaking of diabetes, did you know that 80% of people that have prediabetes don’t even know it?  And that an estimated 84 MILLION americans have prediabetes, while over 30 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.  But if you have prediabetes OR type 2 diabetes, they are both 100% reversible with these techniques, which also fights belly fat.


Regular use of olive oil has been associated with lower rates of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, because the monounsaturated fats in olive oil help the body produce anti-inflammatory substances. By reducing inflammation, these fats can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms, and may be able to prevent or reduce the severity of asthma.

Olive Oil Phenols’ Prevent Bone Loss

The bone-sparing effects of olive polyphenols revealed in several scientific studies are so incredible that a new Belgian supplement company, BioActor, has licensed patents to use olive polyphenols for osteoporosis prevention. World Health Organization calls osteoporosis one of the biggest most widespread healthcare problems with aging populations.

Olive oil Effective against Helicobacter pylori

Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that burrows into the gastric lining causing chronic inflammation and promoting the development of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer, is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Unrefined olive oil, like the kind found in olives, has an extremely high antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens, not only helping prevent food poisoning, but also killing H.pylori.

Fat Burning Snack

Snacking on olives, high in monounsaturated fat or MUFA, can translate to significant loss of both body weight and fat mass without changing anything else about your diet or increasing your physical activity, suggests a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Are You Convinced Yet?

While olives are usually pickled or brined in some way (fresh olives are too bitter to eat plain), they do have higher sodium content than olive oil. Olives, however, have fiber, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, and calcium. While the beneficial polyphenol content is slightly lower in olives than olive oil, polyphenols are still highly present in olives.

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