Your body gets energy by making glucose from foods we eat.  However, to use this glucose, your body needs insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.  No matter if you are prediabetes, a Type 1 diabetic or Type 2, your body has difficulties managing the about of glucose your body produces.  When I started to look at diabetes and more importantly to understand the differences between prediabetes, a type 1 diabetc and a type 2 diabetic I quickly ralized I had to look at it in its simpliest form.  With that regard, I decided to look at my diabetes, as I would my car.

Type 1 Diabetes

In simpliest terms, your cars engine will not turn over and has stopped working.  It does not matter how much sugar or in this case gasoline into that engine — it is not going to run.  No one knows exactly what caused the your cars engine to stop working — but there is hope, similar to Fred Flinstone — a little manual labour (feet powere) or in our case through insulin injections, your car can still get from point a to be and live a normal life.

The Canadian Diabetes Association further simplifies Type 1 diabetes as simply, a disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin. If you have type 1 diabetes, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.  The cause of type 1 diabetes remains unknown. However, it is not preventable, and it is not caused by eating too much sugar. The body’s defense system may attack insulin-making cells by mistake, but we don’t know why. People are usually diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before the age of 30, most often during childhood or their teens.

Type 2 Diabetes

Building upon our car analogy, Type 2 Diabetes is where your car is no longer running on all 8 cylinders.  You car still runs, heck you can get from point A to point B without too much trouble.  The the exception burning a little oil, and some TLC, your car could keep on running for years to come.  However, eventually  some of the engines will get to the point that they no longer operate as well as they should. and a little assisance is needed.   In most cases, medication supplemented sith good diet and exercise will keep your car running even longer.  However, in the most severe situations even type 2 diabetes may need the help of insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes.  If you have type 2 diabetes, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.

Prediabetes or Delayed Fasting Glucose

Similar to Type 2 Diabetes, prediabetes  is where your car is just starting to run a little rough.  You car still runs, heck you can get from point A to point B without too much trouble.  The the exception burning a little oil, and some TLC, your car could keep on running for years to come.  However, eventually  some of the engines will get to the point that they no longer operate as well as they should and a little assisance is needed – you have now progressed from Prediabetic to Type 2 Diabetes.

Disclaimer: This is simply my laypersons perspective on diabetes.  If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to see your healthcare professional

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