According to the American Diabetes Association, an incredible 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Furthermore, a stunning 86 million people in the United States with prediabetes are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.
While a significant problem, diabetes isn’t unique to the United States alone. It’s a global issue, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide and is often described as being a pandemic.
When people are diagnosed with diabetes, they often have many questions: differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, causes and possible cures, genetic risks to children, etc.
There are multiple different forms of diabetes, but the more common forms are Type 1 and Type 2. Let’s take a look at these and hopefully clear up any confusion or questions you may have.
Note: Please note a small mistake in the last picture, the colors of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are switched. Type 1 should be red with Type 2 dark grey.