The clinical term for lower than normal blood glucose levels.
The signs and symptoms leading up to diabetes.
Also called juvenile onset diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), this is an autoimmune disease that causes the destruction of beta cells. Type I diabetes typically strikes at a young age and since the beta cells are destroyed a person cannot produce insulin anymore. They must, therefore, take insulin injections.
Also called adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), type II diabetes is more of a lifestyle disease that affects people when they are older. People with type II diabetics produce and secrete insulin but, for reasons which are poorly understood, it doesn’t work well.