An estimated 29 million Americans have type 1 (T1D) or type 2 (T2D) diabetes. Both share warning signs, including increased hunger, thirst and frequent urination. Here’s a breakdown of their differences:
• Autoimmune disease.
• Can’t be prevented.
• Individuals can’t produce insulin.
• Management includes counting carbohydrates and administering insulin through shots or a pump.
• Tied to metabolism and genetic susceptibility.
• Can be prevented or delayed through diet and exercise.
• Individuals are insulin-resistant.
• Management varies and could include dietary modifications, exercise, oral medicines and reduced carbohydrate intake
Stable blood sugar control reduces the risk of developing inevitable complications from both.
– Rick Byrd, executive director, JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter