Seeing a loved one experience discomfort is always difficult—but to see a young child be diagnosed with a lifelong condition is even harder. For parents learning their child has type 1 diabetes, the news can be crushing, but it doesn’t have to be. While type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, advances in treatment options have made managing it easier than ever before.
There’s been an increasing amount of discussion surrounding the growing levels of sugar in our food and how it relates to the obesity epidemic. Frequently, these statistics are paired with the rising rate of diabetes across the country.
But what does that mean?
According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2012—that’s nearly 10 percent of the population! However, many of these people went undiagnosed because they didn’t know the warning signs. Today we’re going to talk about both types of diabetes and their differences so that you can catch the symptoms early.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in America. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million Americans had type 2 diabetes in 2012. Unfortunately, the numbers seem to be on the rise. However, unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily a lifelong condition. In some cases, you can control type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.