Valerie Stuart, Staff Writer

“What the heck am I going to do?” Said Rachael Yarborough. About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease (www.joslin.org).

Rachael Yarborough, student, said she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on April 1st, 2014. Being in school and having diabetes is a struggle for her because she often has to leave class. One of the scariest things that has happened to her was when she woke up in the middle of the night and her blood sugar had dropped and wouldn’t go back up.

The most common type of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (Stoppler)

When you have type 1 diabetes your pancreas produces very little or no insulin at all. When your body produces no insulin glucose doesn’t leave your bloodstream so it never reaches your cells which makes your blood sugar go too high. Someone with type 1 diabetes has to take insulin every day and check their blood sugar levels many times a day (Dowshen).

When you have type 2 diabetes your body produces little insulin or your body becomes resistant to it. Insulin resistant is caused by excess body fat. Type 2 diabetes is most common in people around 47 and older and in younger people who are obese. Someone with type 2 diabetes should have a balanced meal to help lose weight if obese (Wood).

Pregnant women develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancies when they have high blood pressure. Women with gestational diabetes should have a daily diet to help their glucose.

Some symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes include:

  • Increased urine output
  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight loss,
  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Skin problems
  • Slow healing wound
  • Yeast infections
  • Tingling or numbness in the feet or toes

Work Cited:

  • Www.joslin.org, Joslin Diabetes Center. “Joslin Diabetes Center | 10 Things You Might Not Know About Diabetes.” 10 Things You Might Not Know About Diabetes | Joslin Diabetes Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  • Stöppler, MD Melissa Conrad. “9 Symptoms of Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: Causes, Diet, Treatment.” MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  • “Type 1 Diabetes: How Is It Treated?” KidsHealth. Ed. Steven Dowshen. The Nemours Foundation, July 2015. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Insulin-Resistant Diabetes; Diabetes, Type 2 By: Wood, Debra, RN, Conditions & Procedures InBrief, September 2015