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The most asked question people ask me when they hear I have Type 1 Diabetes is “Is that the bad kind?” The truth of the matter is, there is no good kind OR bad kind. There is just diabetes and it sucks.

For the record, here’s the scoop on the Two Types. Type 1 (formerly called juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune disease. Like Lupus. It is not caused by eating too much sugar, not exercising, or any combination of the two. It is (according to latest research) an autoimmune response to a virus, and the body inadvertently kills off the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. This leaves the person completely dependent on exogenous insulin (shots) for the rest of his life barring a cure or divine healing.

Type 2 Diabetes is a developing condition in the body when just the right elements are in place. These elements consist of:
Family history
Ethnicity (Black, Asian, Hispanic, Native)
Age (over 45) High blood pressure
Over-weight (particularly belly fat)
High triglycerides
Insulin resistance
Sedentary lifestyle
High carbohydrate diet

Type 2 (formerly called adult onset diabetes) is particularly insidious because it sneaks up on a guy, and his doctor might tell him to “watch his sugar” or that he’s at risk or even pre-diabetic. That guy thinks, “Oh good, I don’t have it yet!” The key word is yet, and if that guy doesn’t make some changes he is on a slippery slope. It’s all downhill and diabetes is certainly in his future.

What is happening in the body is the sensitive beta cells in the pancreas can sense the insulin resistance, and begin to produce extra insulin, causing hypoglycemia which leads to intense cravings and subsequent over-eating and possibly even a binge. Every time carbs (and protein) are consumed, those beta cells over-work themselves to the point of wearing themselves down and eventually wear themselves out. When enough of the cells are burnt out and the insulin just can’t keep up with the carb load, the sugar in the blood starts creeping up.