Diabetes: A Complex Disease
There are a number of forms of diabetes that exist today:
Type 1 Diabetes: When the body loses the ability to make insulin or can only make a very small amount of insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by an autoimmune process, and your body's immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells. About 10% of individuals with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes: Caused by a dual defect of resistance to the action of insulin combined with an inability to make enough insulin to overcome the resistance. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and represents 80% to 90% of diabetes worldwide.
Other Types of Diabetes: A miscellaneous category that includes unusual or rare inherited or acquired causes of diabetes. This represents the minority of people with diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes: Diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy.
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