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According to the recent 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes. This is almost 10 percent of the current U.S. population. Diabetes is listed as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, causing, at least in part, over 250,000 deaths in 2015 alone. Type 2 diabetes is a dangerous disease that can potentially lead to many other health conditions when not managed properly, including kidney disease, blindness, leg and food amputations, nerve damage, and even death.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is commonly called “juvenile diabetes” because it tends to develop at a younger age, typically before a person turns 20 years of age. It is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas leading to damage to the pancreatic cells reducing the ability or complete inability to create insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is rarely reversed, but with correcting the right dietary changes, major improvements in blood sugar levels can be seen and a person can often reduce his or her dependence on insulin and medications.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and unlike type 1 diabetes, it usually occurs in people over the age of 40, especially those who are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, which means that the hormone insulin is being released, but the body doesn’t respond to it appropriately. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is caused by high blood sugar levels. The body can keep up for a period of time by producing more insulin, but over time the insulin receptor sites burn out, eventually affecting nearly every system in the body - impacting your energy, digestion, weight, sleep, vision and more. There are many underlying causes of type 2 diabetes usually developing due to a combination of factors, including:
  • Poor diet
  • Overweight
  • High levels of inflammation
  • High amounts of stress
  • A family history of diabetes (especially a parent or sibling)
  • High blood pressure or a history of heart disease
  • Hormonal condition (like hyperthyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome)
  • Certain medications (like those that disrupt insulin production)