The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in kids

Pediatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, explains the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children, including the differences in the causes and treatments
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The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in kids

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Type I Diabetes is, essentially, an autoimmune disease, where the body recognizes the pancreas does not belong to that person. The immune systems makes substances that infiltrate and destroy the pancreas' ability to make insulin. So the people who have Type I Diabetes do no make insulin. The only way to treat Type I diabetes, is to give the insulin back. Type II Diabetes, is when your body does not respond to insulin. Your body can make insulin just fine, at first, but your body is resistant to it. It is usually resistant to it because you are, perhaps, over weight or sedentary. Type II Diabetes is treated with oral medications to overcome that resistance and change the lifestyle to decrease that weight and increase activity. Eventually, a lot of people with Type II Diabetes will also need to take insulin because a component of Type II Diabetes is that they are not able to make enough insulin to overcome the resistance.

Pediatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, explains the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children, including the differences in the causes and treatments

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Jamie R. Wood, MD

Pediatrician, Clinical Diabetes, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jamie Wood was born and raised in Vermont, where she also attended medical school. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and her endocrine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard University. She moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 and is now the Director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Wood’s specialty is the care of youth with type 1 and type 2 diabetes—a field she fell in love with during a medical student rotation at a summer camp for youth with diabetes.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and playing with her husband and two children, Jackson and Olivia.

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