All of the cells in your body depend on different forms of sugars to make energy (mostly glucose though).
Insulin works like a key to unlock the doors of the cells and let the sugar in to be used.
Adults can get newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes too.
Type 1 Diabetes: Pancreas (insulin factory) quits working or becomes dysfunctional.
Type 2 Diabetes: the key holes and the doors are broken or jammed and the insulin “key” won’t fit in them as well or at all anymore
In Type 1, you have to import insulin (aka injections), because you can’t make your own insulin anymore, ever.
Insulin pump (outside pancreas) gives a continuous flow of insulin and can sense sugar levels. Tries to operate as much like a natural pancreas would.
In Type 2, the medications are being developed to encourage your body to use your natural insulin as best and as long as possible.
There’s lots of ways to get in a door if they key won’t work, thus there’s lots of different medications to help Type 2.
Shout out to Rachel Mayo (@rachelcmayo) for her inspiration for this topic and for her strength and courage to not be scared of #T1D.