Facts on Diabetes type 1 and type 2

Facts on Diabetes type 1 and type 2

  • Diabetes type 2 is the most common. ‘About 90%-95% of people with diabetes have type 2; about 5% have type 1’.

  • Diabetes Type 1 is not yet preventable and is caused by an immune reaction Type 2 is a gradual disease that develops over many years; type 1 often starts quickly and has severe symptoms.

  • Daily intake of insulin is needed for survival with type 1 diabetes Type 1 occurs most often in children, teens, and young adults.


  • Diabetes Type 2 is common in older people but children, teens and young adults are at risk too.

  • Prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes, but not type 1.

  • It is advised to visit the doctor for diagnosis

  • Diabetes can have ‘SOME’ or ‘NONE’ symptoms


  • Frequent urination

  • Excessive thirst

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Extreme hunger

  • Sudden vision changes

  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet

  • Feeling very tired much of the time

  • Very dry skin

  • Sores that are slow to heal

  • More infections than usual.

 One may also notice vomiting, stomach pains, in addition with the above symptoms at the beginning of diabetes type 1.





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