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Why are children more likely to get type one diabetes the adults? --why aren't adults more likely to get type one?

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Dr. Randi Leggett
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Type

Type 1 diabetes is a problem where your body doesn't make enough insulin.
It's more commonly found in young people and the cause is uncertain although fortunately there is tremendous research going on to find out. The pancrease (pancrelipase) doesn't make adequate Insulin supplies for your body. Type 2 diabetes is usually found in older people and the problem is that your body isn't sensitive to the effects of Insulin so your blood sugar goes up even though you have a lot of Insulin in your body. The good news about type 2 is you get control of your disease. Lose weight, exercise, eat the right stuff ( dodge the "whites"- potatoes, sugar, flour, rice) and you can make tremendous strides in controlling it without a lot of medicines. The type 1 diabetes use very small doses of Insulin (compared to the type2s) and have very labile blood sugars- type 2s don't do that so much. Some medications for them overlap but in general the type 1s need Insulin and type 2s don't.

In brief: Type

Type 1 diabetes is a problem where your body doesn't make enough insulin.
It's more commonly found in young people and the cause is uncertain although fortunately there is tremendous research going on to find out. The pancrease (pancrelipase) doesn't make adequate Insulin supplies for your body. Type 2 diabetes is usually found in older people and the problem is that your body isn't sensitive to the effects of Insulin so your blood sugar goes up even though you have a lot of Insulin in your body. The good news about type 2 is you get control of your disease. Lose weight, exercise, eat the right stuff ( dodge the "whites"- potatoes, sugar, flour, rice) and you can make tremendous strides in controlling it without a lot of medicines. The type 1 diabetes use very small doses of Insulin (compared to the type2s) and have very labile blood sugars- type 2s don't do that so much. Some medications for them overlap but in general the type 1s need Insulin and type 2s don't.
Dr. Randi Leggett
Dr. Randi Leggett
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Dr. Jeffrey Unger
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not true

Across all age groups the incidence of type 1 diabetes has risen 3 percent over the past 5 years worldwide.
The reason for the increase is unclear.

In brief: Not true

Across all age groups the incidence of type 1 diabetes has risen 3 percent over the past 5 years worldwide.
The reason for the increase is unclear.
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Susceptibility

The working explanation for type 1 (T1) is an autoimmune reaction triggered by a gut virus.
For some reason,these individuals develop antibodies that attack insulin production cells in the pancreas.Once the antibodies have destroyed insulin production,T1 develops.Kids get more such infections.Adults have had & become immune to most,without becoming T1 but still could get T1.

In brief: Susceptibility

The working explanation for type 1 (T1) is an autoimmune reaction triggered by a gut virus.
For some reason,these individuals develop antibodies that attack insulin production cells in the pancreas.Once the antibodies have destroyed insulin production,T1 develops.Kids get more such infections.Adults have had & become immune to most,without becoming T1 but still could get T1.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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