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There are many popular myths about diabetes that needs to be dispelled and I am here this evening to do just that. THREAD
1. Diabetes is caused by excess sugar.

Diabetes isn’t caused by eating too much sugar. However being overweight can lead to diabetes and excessive consumption of sugar can make one obese/overweight.
2. Diabetes affects only old people.

Type 1 diabetes also known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes often occur in children and young adults.
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Today is #WorldDiabetesDay so let's talk diabetes epidemiology

Basically, that means who gets diabetes, what happens to them, and what we can do to prevent it

It's a scary topic 1/
Firstly - what is diabetes?

The WHO defines it as: "A chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces" 2/
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational

Type 1 is an autoimmune condition that has genetic and epigenetic roots

Type 2 is a developed condition that is due to insulin resistance

Gestational is high blood sugar occurring due to/in pregnancy 3/
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