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What Is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition in which the pancreas does not make enough insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels. The two most common types are called type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes the pancreas is often still making insulin but it may not be enough, or the insulin being made may not work well. Treatment of type 2 diabetes includes lifestyle modifications such as healthy meal planning, regular exercise, oral medications and sometimes insulin injections. 

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease which destroys the beta cells in the pancreas where insulin is made. There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes. People with T1D will always need to replace the insulin that their pancreas is not making. Currently there is no cure, however the technology to manage the disease keeps getting better. 

Formerly referred to as "juvenile diabetes," however people get diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at all ages. 

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