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5 Natural Health Tips for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

All diabetes is not the same. In addition to type 2 diabetes, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse lists these other forms of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The exact cause of this is unknown. In time, the pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to stay alive. Untreated, a person with type 1 diabetes can lapse into a life-threatening coma. There is no known prevention.

Type 1 diabetes represents about 5-10 percent of diabetes cases in the U.S. Anyone can develop type 1 diabetes, but it most often occurs in children or young adults. Symptoms include:

  • excessive thirst
  • increased urination
  • constant hunger
  • weight loss
  • blurred vision
  • fatigue

If your child has symptoms of diabetes, seek immediate medical help.

Gestational Diabetes
Diabetes can develop during pregnancy. About 3-8 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. develop gestational diabetes, but it usually resolves after childbirth. However, women who have gestational diabetes have a 40-60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years.

Other Forms of Diabetes
Diabetes can also be caused by:

  • genetic defects in insulin action
  • diseases of the pancreas or conditions that damage the pancreas, such as pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis
  • excess amounts of certain hormones resulting from some medical conditions
  • medications or chemicals that reduce insulin action
  • infections, such as congenital rubella and mumps
  • rare immune-mediated disorders, such as stiff-man syndrome, an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system
  • genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome, Huntington’s chorea, and Prader-Willi syndrome
  • adults with latent autoimmune diabetes have signs of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information about diabetes, visit

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8:21AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

I hadn't realized that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Then again, there are a lot of people that live with diabetes. Still, it's nice that there are tools to help people manage their blood sugar and stick to their goals. I wonder if my grandpa knows about this.

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9:36AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

I wouldn't feel ready to start the day with the protein drink. I have been told to have porridge or Shreddies with some sultanas and skimmed milk. Toast can also be eaten, but we are told to have a good breakfast to start the day.

But thank you for the other tips.

9:06AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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12:49AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

This was a good diabetes article.

Im going to try the protein shake breakfast as Im almost diabetic and the low carb diet the doctors have me on isnt helping things at all.

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