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Introduction - The “Biography” Of A Disease And Its Sufferers

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The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has calculated that half the British people with Type 2 (insulin resistant, formerly known as adult onset) diabetes mellitus are presently undiagnosed, but even those who are aware of their disease remain at catastrophic risk due to a shortage of diabetes specialists. Type 1 diabetes is an extremely grave disorder in which the sufferers body reacts against the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, the jelly-like gland attached to the back of the abdomen behind and below the stomach. The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are similar, albeit more gradual, to those of Type 1, but its sufferers are usually somewhat older, more sedentary and obese, particularly in the upper body. Diabetes in particular manifests physical, psychological, social and intellectual aspects as well as its scientific basis.

Keywords: British people; Royal College of Physicians (RCP); Type 1 diabetes; Type 2 diabetes



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