Diabetes is a leading global cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and amputation. The number of people living with diabetes has increased considerably over the past 30 years. In 1985, an estimated 30 million people worldwide had diabetes. Today, according to the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization, the figure exceeds 382 million.
Of that staggering number, 5% of people living with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes – a life threatening autoimmune disease that can strike children and adults at any time. Dr. Todd Alonso from the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is here to clear up the confusion between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes.