Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. People with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump to stay alive. T1D occurs in both children and adults and lasts a lifetime.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disorder in which the body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. T2D is usually diagnosed in adulthood, but many adolescents are now being diagnosed with it. T2D is controlled with healthy eating, sometimes pills and/or requires insulin injections.
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