There are three types of diabetes. These are Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. The last of these (gestational diabetes) only occurs in pregnant women and may be temporary.

What Are the Three Main Types of Diabetes?

While all three of these types are similar, there is also a clear difference between them.

  • Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the immune system mistakes the cells that produce insulin for something that it needs to attack. As such, these cells are destroyed, and the pancreas cannot produce insulin.
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs when a patient is unable to produce insulin or the cells do not function in the correct way.
  • Gestational diabetes happens in pregnant women and is caused by raised glucose within the blood. The body cannot keep up with the insulin demand and the result is a temporary version of the condition.

It is important to note that while both Type 1 and Type 2 will require lifelong treatment, gestational diabetes will disappear once the woman delivers her baby. 

Keep in mind that everyone stands a chance of developing Type 2 diabetes throughout their lives, and living a healthy lifestyle can help in the prevention of the condition. However, people are born with Type 1 diabetes.

Let’s take a look at those who may be at increased risk of developing this illness:

– For gestational diabetes, women who previously gave birth to a larger baby (over 9 lbs) could be at increased risk.

– Women may also develop gestational diabetes if they are obese or if there is a history of diabetes in the family.

– People who are older than 45 may be at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

– Those who do not partake in frequent physical activity (more than three times a week) or maintain a poor diet could develop Type 2 diabetes more easily.

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