Deadly but Manageable - Diabetes is a potentially deadly disease characterized by chronic high levels of glucose in the blood. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, in which the islet cells of the pancreas fail to produce an amount of insulin adequate to allow blood glucose to enter the body's cells where it is used for energy to power all of the body's activities ranging from cell repair to physical activities. Type 2, in which the cells may resist insulin's action (known as insulin resistance), once again leaving too much glucose in the blood. Diabetes can be an annoyance or it can be deadly. It can be treated with diet and exercise in some cases. In other cases, the diabetic may require insulin, often by injection, to even remain alive. The observable symptoms of diabetes are deceiving. Sometimes they are present, sometimes they are not. They may all be present, some may be present, and some may come and go. To make matters worse, most of the apparent sy...