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Which type of diabetes is more serious - type 1 or type 2 ?

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posted Jun 9, 2016 by anonymous

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Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are equally serious and they have the same impact on the body, which causes your blood glucose levels to shoot up. The only difference here is that individuals with the type 1 don’t have insulin in their body and the ones who have the type 2 are unable to use the insulin the body makes. The end result is that both suffer from similar symptoms and side effects like-

  • Blindness
  • Kidney diseases
  • Risk of losing the feet

There is a common theory that since someone passes away because of very low blood sugar within a short span of time, type 1 is riskier. But that is not true because this happens due to the insulin treatment. Those with type 2 are prone to the same event in case of low sugar levels.

However, as per the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 90-95% of American have type 2 diabetes leading to the risk of foot ulcers and amputation in many cases. Both are dangerous depending on your lifestyle and food habits. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger genetic link as compared to type 1.

The onset of both can be different as could some of the complications arising but then this varies from individual to individual. It is best to check sugar levels regularly and adapt a healthier and more filter lifestyle by exercising, walking, etc. and switching over to regular eating. Backed with insulin and other suggested methods, it can be curbed and controlled to a great extent.

On the whole, one can conclude that both are equally complicated, dangerous and may prove to be fatal. Depending on the treatment provided and habits of the patient, the outcome of these diseases may differ.

answer Jun 9, 2016 by Shahid R