- Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It occurs most often in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. This type of diabetes is less common.
- Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease. Insulin is being produced, but the body doesn’t use it to convert the sugar to stored energy or the pancreas may not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes can occur in all age groups, but it is diagnosed most often in adults age 45 or older. Diet and physical activity help to control type 2 diabetes. Most people also need to take diabetes pills or insulin.
Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you have eaten
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling, pain or numbness in the hand/feet
TRICARE covers services and supplies required to diagnose and treat diabetes.