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Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide, including some of our parents and students in our school community. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This means that individuals with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. It is often associated with lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity. Both types of diabetes require careful management, including monitoring blood sugar levels, implementing a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and potentially taking insulin or other medications. It is crucial for our school community to support and understand the challenges faced by those living with diabetes, as well as promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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