Recognizing Type Diabetes

The Big Diabetes Lie

Diabetes Causes and Treatment

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^ Discovering how type 1 diabetes works ^ Determining who gets type 1 diabetes ^ Diagnosing type 1 diabetes

J\ wasting disease that was probably type 1 diabetes is mentioned in an W • Egyptian papyrus dated over 3,500 years. Although they didn't call it type 1 diabetes, over 2,000 years ago the Greeks and Romans described many of the features of the condition exactly as doctors see it today. The difference is that the ancients could do nothing about it. In contrast, today's doctors have all the tools needed to make type 1 diabetes nothing more than a major annoyance.

In this chapter, I provide some basic information about type 1 diabetes, or T1DM for short. You find out how it develops, who gets it, and how it's diagnosed.

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