WHAT IS DIABETES?
Type 1 occurs when the insulin producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system. It occurs for almost 10% of all diabetes cases. People with Type 1 must take insulin injections to properly process the glucose in their body.
Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes. In Type 2, the pancreas makes insulin but the body does not use it properly.Depending on the severity of the condition your doctor will determine if you can control Type 2 with lifestyle changes, oral medication or insulin. It is possible that you could be advised to use a combination of all three.
Gestational develops in some women during pregnancy when their body isn't able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. It typically subsides after pregnancy but could be an indicator that Type 2 diabetes will later develop.
Prediabetes is not technically diabetes, although this condition indicates that your body has difficulty utilizing insulin, commonly referred to as Insulin Resistance. It is often an indicator that you will soon develop Type 2 diabetes.