Type I (sometimes called juvenile diabetes) happens when our body can’t make insulin. How does this happen? The body attacks and destroys the cells that make insulin. Once these cells are gone the body cannot make any more new cells. Type 1 Diabetes means that the person will have to take daily insulin shots. They will also be checking blood sugars by poking a finger and measuring the blood in a glucose meter.
Type 2 happens when the body can make insulin. It just can’t always use it the right way. The person may be able to control blood sugar with proper diet and exercise. They may also need to take oral medications or insulin shots to manage their diabetes.
When you have diabetes it is important to go see the doctor often and follow medical advice.
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