Types of Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious lifelong condition where the body
does not process blood glucose in a normal way. There
are many types of diabetes: type 1, type 2,
gestational and pre-diabetes. Understanding the
different kinds of diabetes can help you understand the symptoms
and treatment available.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune condition that is
usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood but can occur at
In type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system attacks and
destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting
approximately 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. The
body still produces some insulin, but it may not be enough or work
well enough to keep blood glucose levels within a healthy
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in
pregnancy. Between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of pregnant
women will develop gestational diabetes. All women are checked for
gestational diabetes between weeks 24 to 28 of pregnancy.
The good news is gestational...
People with a pre-diabetes condition have higher than normal
blood glucose levels, but not high enough for a diagnosis of
Two conditions fit into pre-diabetes: impaired fasting glucose
(IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Having either of