Diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (blood sugar) is unable to enter cells either because the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, or the cells have become insulin resistant. This chronic disease is one that affects 23 million Americans.

WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?
Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as juvenile diabetes because symptoms of the disease typically appears first in childhood. It is the result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin. And as a result, blood sugar is not optimally delivered into the cells, thus resulting in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity, particularly abnormal obesity, and accounts for 90 to 95% of all diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes generally produce adequate amount of insulin; however, their cells are resistant and do not allow insulin to bring adequate amount of blood sugar (glucose) into the cell. Nearly 80% of individuals with type 2 diabetes are overweight or have history of excessive weight.