Diabetes

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Poverty makes diabetes care tougher

Those diabetics who struggle to pay for food, medicine and other basic requirements also usually have trouble managing their diabetes and are at the highest risk of complications that arise from poor control.

Diabetes: type 1

Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of sugar metabolism in which the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin.

1 in 3 type 1 diabetics still produce some insulin

It is commonly accepted that people with type 1 diabetes produce no insulin. However, a new study suggests that one third of diabetics continue to produce insulin for quite some time after diagnosis.

Diabetes: type 2

Type 2 diabetes is the most common variety of diabetes. It is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism in which the body effectively becomes resistant to the hormone insulin.

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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