Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 are Different

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are are different. Interestingly about 80-95% of people with diabetes have type 2 and approximately 5-10% have type 1. Although there are some similarities there are some differences too.

See this info graphic and table from Diabetes UK


Here is a brief overview of the differences.

Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
Often diagnosed in childhood Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
Not associated with excess body weight Often associated with excess body weight
Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
Cannot be controlled without taking insulin Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication

At DEN we recognize that type 1 and type 2 are different. Not only do we treat people as individuals we understand what it is like to live life having  type 1 or type 2. We are here to help.