Do you know what type of diabetes you have?
During my many years of educating people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, I have heard many different terms used for the type of diabetes that people tell me that they have.’ Mild’, ‘Borderline’, ‘Touch of’ or most recently which has been my favourite of all, ‘half diabetes’ or ‘full diabetes’.
Unfortunately none of these types exist, but they have become common every day expressions that are used to describe at what stage a person’s diabetes maybe at, by both health care professionals and the general public. Having a ‘touch of diabetes’ is the same as somebody who is a ‘touch pregnant’…….there is obviously no such thing.
The problem is that for many people, they may think because they have a ‘touch of’ diabetes or ‘mild’ diabetes that they do not have to take it as seriously as someone who has ‘full diabetes’. But this is simply not true.
[message_box]Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, the complications of diabetes are the exact same if you do not take care of yourself and control your blood sugars. This is a very important message to begin with, because Type 2 diabetes can be a very silent condition, as well as its complications. But the prevention or progression of complications is very controllable..[/message_box]
What are the different Types of Diabetes?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recognizes the following types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance
- Other types of diabetes e.g. drug induced
[message_box]Out of these types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 are the most common. Many people who have diabetes compare their type with another, and feel their type is worse than the other group. In my opinion as an educator for those who have diabetes, it does not matter what type of diabetes you have, or what treatment you are on………if your diabetes is not controlled, the outcomes and complications are the same for both. [/message_box]