What is diabetes?
There are three main types of diabetes:
· Type 1 diabetes – Your body does not make insulin. This is a problem because you need insulin to take the sugar (glucose) from the foods you eat and turn it into energy for your body. You need to take insulin every day to live.
· Type 2 diabetes – Your body does not make or use insulin well. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.
· Gestational (jest-TAY-shun-al) diabetes – Some women get this kind of diabetes when they are pregnant. Most of the time, it goes away after the baby is born. But even if it goes away, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting diabetes later in life.
Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes:
· Age 45 or older
· Have a family history of diabetes
· Have high blood pressure
· Not physically active
· To see more risk factors, visit https://www.niddk.nih.gov/
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