What do I need to know about diabetes?

By Susan Boyer 

  • Juvenile diabetes, also known as type 1 diabetes mellitus -- This type occurs when the body doesn't make enough insulin.

  • Adult-onset diabetes mellitus, also known as type 2 diabetes mellitus - This type of diabetes happens when the body either produces low amounts of insulin and/or is no longer able to use that insulin effectively. Nearly 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.

  • Gestational diabetes, also known as diabetes of pregnancy - This type of diabetes strikes pregnant women. Gestational diabetes usually resolves when the pregnancy is over. However, once a woman has gestational diabetes, she is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

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