What is Diabetes?

  • Diabetes is serious, common, costly and controllable

  • A diagnosis of diabetes is not a death sentence!

  • Effective treatment is the first goal

  • Early detection saves lives and suffering

  • Screening is an effective tool to determine prevalence and level of intervention

Difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes Type 2 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. 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.
Episodes of low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) are common. There are no episode of slow blood sugar level, unless the person is taking insulin or certain diabetes medicines.
It cannot be prevented. It can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating sensibly and exercising regularly.