Quick Ask – Diabetes:
What’s the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
What is Type 2 Diabetes and how is that different than Type 1 Diabetes?
The primary difference between these two different types of diabetes is age of onset.
Type 2 diabetes is used to be called adult-onset because it is usually the result of a chronic pattern of not eating well or exercising. Type 2 diabetes has always been very predominant but that seems to be changing as children follow the dietary lifestyles of their parents, or the cultural lifestyle of a fast food nation, so type 2 is happening a lot sooner now, at an earlier age than ever before.
A person has more risk of developing adult-onset diabetes if they are overweight too, but that just seems to tie in so fully with not eating well or exercising that I think it’s just part of the same destructive lifestyle choice.
There are numerous complications that may occur with the adult-onset type of this health challenge. One complications involves the appearance of dark patches if the person’s body has problems with properly utilizing insulin. This skin condition is called acanthosis nigricans. Another potential complication for these patience involves the shoulders, oddly enough. They may get to where they can’t moved their shoulders, a condition called adhesive capsulitis. It’s good to read up on basic diabetes terminology if you’ve been diagnosed.
Type 1 diabetes, in contrast, strikes children and is also called juvenile diabetes. Typically, children who have type 1 diabetes have to take an insulin shot every day and closely monitor what they eat.The belief of the medical profession at this time is that blood sugar monitoring, dietary restrictions and insulin injections must be done for the rest of the affilicated person’s life, to control diabetes.
The holistic health practitioner does not share the hopeless view. It’s up to each parent who has a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, to fully research natural diabetes treatments and compare them carefully with the western medicine approach. The same comparisons and discernment should be used to decide on a course of action to treat adult onset diabetes.