Different types of diabetes – such as type 1, type 2 or gestational – are classified such, due to how they occur. This is what makes them different.
What makes them the same is what makes them all diabetes. This is most obvious in the symptoms and effects of the disease. The large increases in rates of diagnosis (especially type 2, but the others are up too) has led to a greater awareness that diabetes is indeed a very serious condition.
Increased individual contact with the disease, even if not as a diagnosed patient, means more people understand something about the relationship between blood glucose, insulin and human health.
However, the relative newness of this increasing exposure to the disease means that a great many people are unaware of the dangerous health conditions that can develop as a result of unmanaged or poorly managed diabetes conditions.
It is perhaps natural to be a bit indifferent to health conditions until they affect us directly, or affect someone close to us. Diabetes has large impacts on the healthy function of the whole body. When unmanaged, these effects can be massively damaging.
This report highlights major health conditions that can develop or worsen as result of diabetes, their symptoms and consequences, and ways to mitigate and reduce both incidence and severity.