Difference Between Type One and Type Two

There are different kinds of diabetes; there is type one, type two, and gestational diabetes. In general, people with diabetes either have a total lack of imagesinsulin (type 1 diabetes) or they have too little insulin or cannot use insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes). Type 1 diabetes (formerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes), accounts for 5 to 10 out of 100 people who have diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which they need to produce energy. In type 1 diabetes, Symptoms usually start in childhood or young adulthood. People often seek medical help, because they are seriously ill from sudden symptoms of high blood sugar. Episodes of low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) are common. It also cannot be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset or non–insulin-dependent diabetes) can develop at any age. It most commonly becomes apparent during adulthood. But type 2 diabetes in children is rising. Type 2 diabetes accounts for the vast majority of people who have diabetes—90 to 95 out of 100 people. In type 2 diabetes, the body isn't able to use insulin the right way. This is called insulin resistance. As type 2 diabetes gets worse, the pancreas may make less and less insulin. This is called insulin deficiency. The person may not have symptoms before diagnosis. Usually the disease is discovered in adulthood, but an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with the disease. There are no episodes of low blood sugar level, unless the person is taking insulin or certain diabetes medicines. It can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating sensibly, and exercising regularly.

The Power of Follow Through

“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.” 

- Pablo Picasso 

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I recently listened to the audio book, ‘The Promise of a Pencil’ It was the story of Adam Braun and his journey from giving a pencil to each child he met on a backpacking trip to the creation of a ‘for purpose’ organization, Pencils of Promise, that builds schools and provides education to children in countries where little or no formal education existed. (Currently the website states that 226 Schools have been built since 2009.) One of the more memorable quotes in the book is, “…..the single most wasted resource on earth is human intention.” WOW! I can think of so many times that I felt VERY passionate and motivated to take some action; whether that was related to giving of my time to a particular organization, beginning an exercise program, connecting with an old friend, or taking time to write in a journal. Then….time passes, passion wanes, and I’ve moved on to other things. But…not really…..these moments come back and I regret not moving forward on more of my intentions. I wonder how my personal well being, family, and community would be different…..if I had followed through. What’s possible if we followed through on our intentions?