What’s your type? – Exploring the three types of diabetes.

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and we at Jayhawk Pharmacy are dedicating our blog to a four-part series on diabetes awareness.  According to the CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014, there are roughly 29.1 million people in the U.S living with diabetes today; a staggering 9.3 percent.  The real question is how much do you know about the various types of diabetes outside of the various Wilford Brimley commercials you may have seen on TV?  The first part of our four-part series will help you gain a better grasp on the various types of diabetes, and how they affect the people that are living with them.

Types of Diabetes
There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.  Occasionally referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes, Type 1 can occur at any age. But, as its alternative name suggests, it is most common in children and young adults.  This type renders the body incapable of producing insulin, and thus requires regular insulin injections.

Unlike Type 1, Type 2 diabetes is a condition that limits the body’s ability to effectively process insulin.   Accounting for 90-95 percent of the people in the U.S that suffer from diabetes, Type 2 is sometimes also referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes.  While insulin shots are sometimes necessary to treat Type 2 diabetes, one can limit the effects with certain lifestyle changes (i.e. diet, exercise, not smoking, etc…).

The third, type of diabetes is Gestational Diabetes.  Only affecting about four percent of women during pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin to keep their blood sugar low enough.  While it typically goes away on its own post-pregnancy, women who have Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy are more susceptible to developing Type 2 later on.

How can Jayhawk Pharmacy help?

Jayhawk Pharmacy has a full-service pharmacy and prescription refill service that can help you with any of your diabetic needs.  Whether you prefer to submit your prescription needs in person or via our online prescription refill page, we are here to help serve you in any way possible.   Stay tuned for part two of our three-part series on diabetes that discusses some of the risk factors and other symptoms of diabetes. 

– CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014

– WebMD

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