Diabetes – it’s a disease that many Americans have. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100-million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes (which can lead to diabetes if left untreated). The report says that as of 2015, a whopping 9.4-percent of the country’s population is diabetic.
The report focuses largely on type 2 diabetes, which is commonly referred to as adult onset diabetes and is tied to lifestyle and diet (among other risk factors). However, there’s also type 1, which affects patients from a typically younger age. Let’s take a closer look to separate the differences between these two types…
About Type 1
The Mayo Clinic says this form of diabetes was once known as juvenile diabetes due to its root cause – the pancreas does not produce enough of the hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.
This is a chronic disease that can also develop later in life, and is not directly tied to dietary or lifestyle factors like type 2 diabetes is, adds the source. However, treatment can involve managing lifestyle to minimize its effects.