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What's Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease better known as diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body can no longer balance the amount of sugar in the blood. You have two types of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Today we will discuss the differences between the two.


According to the most recent research from public health and care, more than 1.2 million Dutch people have diabetes mellitus. About 1,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes every week. In 2030 there will be more than 30% more people with diabetes. 90% of diabetics have type 2 and 10% have type 1.

In most people, after a carbohydrate-rich bite, insulin is formed, a hormone that is produced by the body when your blood sugar level rises. This hormone transports sugars from the blood to your cells and serves as energy (fuel).

Type II diabetes

In people with type II diabetes, insulin is formed to a lesser extent or your body does not respond well to it, so that more sugar remains in the blood and less transported to your cells. This results in high blood sugar. Type II diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, with nine out of ten people with diabetes having type II.

Type I diabetes

You also have type I diabetes. The immune system destroys the cells that regulate the production of insulin, so that no insulin can be formed at all. It’s an autoimmune disease. In this case, insulin must be introduced into the body itself.


The causes of diabetes are still unclear and under investigation. It is known that old age, heredity, unhealthy diet and overweight play a major role in type II. In type I, heredity and possibly a virus play a role.

If you suspect you have diabetes, I would recommend that you see your doctor as soon as possible and get it checked out. Sometimes it comes out of the value that it is just on the edge. It is already wise to watch your sugar intake, exercise more and eat healthier. Prevention is always better than cure.

Source: blogpost originally from Nutri-Health

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