Treating Diabetes Made Easier

Insulin Pump for Diabetics: Treating Diabetes Made EasierDiabetes is on the rise and many people are diagnosed with the disease each day. There are two variations, which present in a similar manner but arise from different causes. Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent. Generally speaking, a person’s body does not make sufficient insulin, which is a hormone that "unlocks" cells so that glucose in the bloodstream can be used for energy. Extra blood sugar builds up, and the patient loses weight as the energy from food they have eaten is flushed from the body. This is why diabetics feel so thirsty! There are many reasons the disease may develop, including heredity, smoking and carrying extra weight.With Type 1 diabetes, an auto immune reaction kills the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The symptoms of diabetes are the same, but the cause is very different. Unlike Type 2 diabetics,
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