The World Health Organization (WHO) have a defined classification system for diabetes aetiology WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?. Clear categories promote a better understanding of the different causes of diabetes. This means that specific and appropriate therapies can be prescribed.

Treatment is designed to prevent the acute presenting symptoms of high blood sugar including the dangerous condition of diabetic ketoacidosis where the condition rapidly becomes completely out of control.

In the absence of symptoms such as occurs in a large number of Type 2 patients the treatment is aimed at preventing the increased risk of long-term complications such as those affecting the eyes, kidneys, feet and especially the heart.

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