The diabetes epidemic continues to grow every year.
As many as one in three American adults may have diabetes by 2050, say estimates.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, but it seems that some people may not have type 2–they could actually have type 1 diabetes.
According to recent reports, more people with type 1 diabetes (once called “juvenile diabetes”) are being misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing sugar to build up in the blood and starving the body of nutrients. This disease requires altogether different treatment: Type 1 diabetics need daily insulin injections in order to manage their blood sugar levels.
Type 1 diabetes is becoming more common in the U.S. and Europe (5%-10% of the diabetic population are type 1 and it’s rising by 2.5%-4% a year), and researchers aren’t sure why. Type 1 diabetes–caused by genetics and environmental factors–is usually diagnosed when a person is young, which is why many doctors may be quicker to diagnose diabetes as “type 2.” Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is typically diagnosed in adulthood and is the result of a multitude of factors, including genetics, obesity, sedentary activity, and advanced age.
According to a doctor interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, misdiagnoses tend to occur in the offices of primary care doctors who don’t know a great deal about diagnosing type 1 diabetes.
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Receiving a correct diagnosis is crucial. Our advanced blood test ensures that a person gets just that!
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