Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar into energy. Without the necessary amount of insulin, the cell’s ability to function properly is inhibited. This can result in a number of serious health problems including blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke. Although the exact cause of diabetes is unknown, scientists believe genetics and obesity play major roles in developing diabetes. An estimated 24 million people suffer from diabetes in the United States.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the more severe and much less common diabetes type. Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s complete failure to produce insulin. Insulin injections are needed for survival.

Most Americans with diabetes are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which results from the body’s inability to properly use insulin. Typically, Type 2 diabetes is treated with diet and exercise; however, GlaxoSmithKline manufactures Avandia to treat Type 2 diabetes symptoms.

Users of the following medications are at increased risk for developing diabetes:

If you or a loved one has developed diabetes while taking Seroquel or Geodon, please contact one of our diabetes attorneys today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by