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Date:11/14/2012

required to properly process the carbohydrates -- including sugar -- found in food. People with type 1 diabetes must replace the lost insulin, either through insulin injections or by using an insulin pump to deliver insulin under the skin. People with type 1 disease must also check their blood sugar levels frequently throughout the day to ensure that they haven't given themselves too much or too little insulin. There's no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes, and the cause of this type of diabetes hasn't been linked to diet.

Moriarty said what she'd really like people to know about her daughter's diabetes is "that there is no cure. She won't grow out of it. She might not look sick, but her body is constantly riding a roller coaster with her blood sugar numbers, and it can make her feel sick or confused or unable to concentrate or grumpy."

Type 2: Most people are familiar with this type of diabetes. It used to be called adult-onset, though more and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 disease, according to the ADA. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes insulin-resistant. That means the body doesn't use insulin efficiently, and blood sugar levels rise. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces more insulin to try to compensate. After years of this vicious cycle, the pancreas eventually becomes too tired to make enough insulin. Although a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight have been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, not everyone who gets this disease is overweight.

Type 2 diabetes can be managed with lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy, losing weight and exercising regularly, along with medications. Sometimes, people with type 2 diabetes also need to use insulin injections to help manage their diabetes.

Fonseca said that it's likely that there is more than one kind of type 2 diabetes, but that researchers haven't clearly identified separate types yet. "Type 2 is a very broad, all-encompa
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