Vdevur - for Type 2 diabetes - yes - in a nutshell you are right there. Though now with humans living longer, organs in our body do start to wear down, and the pancreas can sometimes start to act up.
Sadly, when it comes to Type 1 diabetes our pancreas just shuts down and dies due to your autoimmune system killing it off - we can't really say the same thing. The medical dudes around the world are still trying to figure out why Type 1 diabetes happens, but they same that "some" people may have a tendancy to develop diabetes. I think in my case, mine was triggered off by a childhood illness (chicken pox - but I can't recall if that happened before or after I became diabetic as a child - my memory banks there are foggy). Also there is a theory that a virus or something in the environment triggers it off. It's all quite a mystery. I am in contact with many parents of young children who have become Type 1 diabetic like myself, some from as young as 2 months old! That is something that has me scratching my head and wishing was part of a research team trying to figure out why so many more young children are becoming diabetic now. What is the key???
Anna from Montreal, Canada
Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!