Types of diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes; these are known as type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1

diabetes usually develops during childhood; it occurs as a result of the body not being able to produce insulin (this is usually due to damage to the cells that produce insulin).

Type 2

diabetes is more common in people over the age of 40; it usually occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, but it may also occur when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work as it should do.

Guide to Diabetes


Types of diabetes

Causes and risk factors

Living with diabetes

Preventing diabetes

Recognising the symptoms of diabetes

Treating diabetes