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There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. They are similar because there is some deficiency of insulin in each of them. Insulin is required to transport sugar from the bloodstream into the cells of the body so it can be used to produce energy or stored for future use.
Type 1 Diabetes is thought to happen after an infection. Type 1 Diabetics do not produce any insulin at all.
Type 2 Diabetes can be shared in families. Type 2 Diabetics often produce some amount of insulin, but it may not be enough. These patients may often control the disease with diet, certain medications, or insulin in some cases.
Gestational Diabetes occurs only during pregnancy. This is potentially bad for mom though because a certain percentage of moms who have gestational diabetes may go on to develop Diabetes Type 2 later in life.
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There are several factors that can cause a person to get diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a disorder of the endocrine system. People can, however, inherit a tendency for the disease but no one can inherit the disease itself. The other one is Gestational diabetes where it can only develop in a woman while she is pregnant. Check out http://library.thinkquest.org/04oct/01104/How%20you%20get%20diabetes.htm for more information.