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789 Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Mike talks to Todd about the two types of diabetes that people can get.

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generally speaking

Type 2 diabetes, generally speaking, is because of diet related issues.

'Generally speaking' is a term that is used to mean that something is considered to be true most of the time, under normal circumstances.

Notice the following:

  1. Generally speaking, you will get a better service if you go to a more expensive restaurant.
  2. I think, generally speaking, doctors earn very good money.


I'm generalizing of course, so there's probably very healthy fit Type 2 diabetics that can still get it.

'Generalizing' means that you are basing your statement on your specific knowledge or experience, which may not be the full truth.

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  1. Obviously, I am generalizing when I say that it is always hot in Australia.
  2. I think you are generalizing when you say that women are bad drivers.

so basically

So basically if you have a really poor diet, and you eat a lot of sugar and you don't exercise then you increase your chances.

'So basically' is a phrase that is used to summarize something.

Notice the following:

  1. So basically, what you are saying is that you don't want to go out at the weekend.
  2. So basically, I have counted them, and we do not have enough.

Well, actually

Well, actually there's one major difference that I didn't mention.

'Well, actually' is a phrase that it used in order to point out that something is not always the case or a statement that someone has made is not completely true.

Notice the following:

  1. Well, actually, I think you might be wrong there.
  2. Well, actually, according to research it seems that there are just as many bad women drivers as male drivers.


Absolutely, the main thing to do to try to prevent it is to have a healthy lifestyle and eat a healthy diet.

'Absolutely,' when used like this, shows that you agree with what someone has said

Notice the following:

  1. I think that you are absolutely right.
  2. Absolutely, we understand you completely.



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