Infographic on World Diabetes Day. The first panel explains how eating food increases blood sugar levels, and how insulin, secreted by the pancreas, allows cells to take in the glucose and use it to produce energy. The second half of the graphic explains that type 1 diabetes is due to the immune system attacking insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, while type 2 diabetes is due to the body becoming resistant to insulin's effects. Gestational diabetes, which can occur during pregnancy, is also highlighted.

As it’s World Diabetes Day today, here’s a mini-graphic taking a quick look at what diabetes is, and the differences between the three main types. Though there’s no article to accompany this one, there’s a download of the graphic below, and links to further reading on the topic.



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  • Tim Steinert
    Posted November 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm 0Likes

    The body gets energy from the glucose in the blood. This glucose can come from different sources (even fat), but carbohydrates work quite well. However, the info sort of makes it sound like food is the only thing that contributes to high blood glucose. Diabetics, apart from carbohydrates, still experience high blood glucose.

    The cause is (in the case of Type 1s) lack of insulin. The liver stores our excess glucose (that which isn’t turned into fat) and when the body needs energy, the liver puts it out into the blood. Where the Type 1 still can’t use it without insulin. Before the development of insulin, some children were kept alive with “starvation” diets, so their bodies got glucose by breaking down fat and muscles. That’s why Type 1s often lose weight before diagnosis. The only way it can get energy for its cells (barring insulin) is to break down cells for their energy. I lost twenty pounds in four weeks (and I didn’t have twenty to lose).

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