Not always. Though there is an amazing amount of valuable information about diabetes on the Internet, a good portion of it is bunk. Along with lots of valid and helpful information, you will also find personal experiences that don't apply to you and outrageous claims designed to sell you a product. Separating the good from the bad can be difficult. The American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (www.aadenet.org) are good places to start when you want information, because they sponsor reliable sites. Many other organizations also sponsor websites featuring the latest diabetes research and other helpful information. There are also chat rooms where you can "talk" to other people who have diabetes and share experiences. You can learn a lot in a chat room, but keep in mind that you are hearing peoples' personal experiences, and these experiences might not apply to you. Before you act on something you see on the Internet concerning your diabetes, talk with your health care team to be sure it is right for you.
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How is insulin related to blood sugar?
The body works almost like a thermostat. When there is too much glucose in the blood, insulin is released and reduces the amount of glucose in the blood. Then, when glucose levels drop, insulin is no longer secreted. The body balances the amount of insulin and glucose to keep glucose at a fairly even level throughout the day. It keeps a little bit of insulin ready to go to work at a moment’s notice. For meals, it releases the right amount of extra insulin in time to clear glucose from the blood before the glucose levels climb too high.
What is maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY)?
Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) usually affects young adults, but can also affect teens and children. It can be misdiagnosed as type 1 in younger patients. Adults with MODY develop diabetes at a younger age than most type 2 patients and do not tend to be overweight or sedentary. In the past, people with MODY were often told they had a form of type 2 diabetes. We now know that MODY is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to impaired insulin secretion. Insulin resistance, which is often found in type 2 diabetes, does not usually occur in MODY. If you have MODY, you may be able to manage your blood glucose levels through diet and exercise alone, at least for a while. However, therapies that work for people with type 2 diabetes do not always work for people with MODY. You may have more success with insulin therapy or oral agents that stimulate insulin secretion.
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