The American Diabetes Association holds American Diabetes Month each November, which is just around the corner. Month-long activities aim to raise awareness of the disease and its impact. Lake Orion implant dentist, Dr. Brad Greenfield reflects upon the impact of diabetes on the overall and oral health of nearly 26 million people in America.
Diabetes: Types 1 and 2
Diabetes exists in two types. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition developed in youth. You may hear it called juvenile diabetes because children can develop it. Type 1 can be developed in adolescence and young adulthood. Type 1 diabetics produce little or no insulin. Doctors do not know the cause of Type 1 diabetes, but suspect it may be an autoimmune disorder. Type 2 diabetes develops from a combination of heredity and personal characteristics including being overweight and inactive. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but either do not produce enough or cannot use the insulin adequately. People of any age can develop this type of diabetes and it is far more common than type 1, making up 90% or more of diabetes cases.
If you read the diabetes fact sheet from the American Diabetes Association, you will find that diabetes is a leading cause in the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- New cases of blindness
- Nerve damage