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More than likely, you know someone who suffers from Type I or Type II Diabetes. In 2017, the CDC reported that more than 100 million Americans had diabetes or pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that causes your body to be unable to store and use sugar properly. This affects the body’s ability to use glucose as fuel due to the lack of insulin produced. Insulin is produced by your pancreas and helps to regulate blood sugar and how it becomes energy. When there is an insulin imbalance or resistance, it causes diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, there are two types. Each is different and so are the risk factors that are involved.

Type I Diabetes
In Type I Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Therefore, those who suffer from Type I have to take supplemental insulin beginning the moment they are diagnosed. This type of diabetes typically affects children and young adults. It can also start suddenly, without warning. Type I Diabetes is commonly hereditary and unpreventable. It can lead to heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, kidney damage and in worst case scenarios, the amputation of limbs.

Type II Diabetes
When an individual develops Type II Diabetes, their cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, causing the body to no longer use glucose effectively. This causes glucose to build up in the blood and the body to become less or unresponsive to insulin. Type II Diabetes is more common than Type I. It has been found that for every person that has Type I, 20 people will have Type II. While Type II Diabetes can be hereditary, it is also caused by excessive weight, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. At least one-third of individuals in the United States will develop Type II Diabetes throughout their lifetime. Symptoms can take years to appear. When diagnosed, many people are able to use medications, diet and exercise to reduce or slow the disease if caught in the early stages. Similar to Type I, Type II Diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, kidney damage and the amputation of limbs.

Despite what type you suffer from, Diabetes should be taken seriously. If you have any further questions regarding proper treatment or diagnosis, visit Stone County Hospital today. We are a critical access hospital that proudly serves the patient population in Wiggins, Picayune, Lumberton and Lucedale. We hope to be your number one choice for acute care, family care, trauma care, emergency care, and much more. We are located at 1434 E. Central Avenue, Wiggins, MS 39577. Please call us at 601-928-6600 to schedule an appointment.