Adult onset diabetes is a chronic dysfunction noted by insufficient or inability to produce insulin. Insulin is a chemical produced by the pancreas that carries glucose, a sugar molecule derived from the digestive breakdown of carbohydrates, to all the necessary cells of the body to produce energy. Even if you have enough glucose in your blood, if there is not a proper amount of insulin available, the cells will never receive it.
Diabetes is the result of a long-term metabolic breakdown due to numerous lifestyle factors. The first signs of diabetes are:
Influential factors for the onset of diabetes are:
Long term complications include:
For more detailed information, see article on blood sugar regulation
Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, requires daily insulin injections. Although the cause is unknown it is believed there is a genetic pre-disposition that combines a weakened ability to produce insulin by the pancreas and a great susceptibility to injury of the insulin-producing cells. Several factors that may trigger Type I Diabetes are: