diabetes: the facts...

Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing people in Bradford.  Find out the facts about the condition...

 

Type 1 diabetes

One in 10 people with diabetes have Type 1. This is caused by the body not producing insulin and not caused by being overweight. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Insulin injections are needed to manage Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented; however a healthy lifestyle will help people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to stay well.

 

Type 2 diabetes

Nine in 10 people who have diabetes have Type 2. Type 2 is usually caused by lifestyle factors and in most people is preventable. It is caused when the body does not produce enough insulin and develops a resistance to the effects of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed later on in life and it could be years before you realise you have the condition. However, the condition is known to affect people from black and minority ethic (BME) backgrounds at a younger age.