National Diabetes Month is an annual event each November to boost awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and types of diabetes.
There are two main conditions:
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body can’t produce insulin, a hormone in the pancreas that breaks down carbohydrates into blood sugar or glucose, for energy. Insulin therapy helps the pancreas to function normally.
Many children suffer from Type 1 diabetes although it can affect people of any age or background.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease where the body is unable to process our internal insulin well enough to keep blood sugar at normal levels.