Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is not caused by excessive sugar consumption or poor lifestyle choices. Instead, it is believed to be triggered by an auto-immune process where the body produces antibodies to the pancreas, damaging it and preventing it producing insulin.
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas struggles to produce enough insulin, or is producing insulin which cannot be effectively used by the body (insulin resistance). Type 2 is strongly linked to poor lifestyle choices and obesity, but can also be linked to age, family history and ethnicity.
Young people get type 1 and older people get type 2.
People of any age can be diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes usually starts below the age of 40. However, some people are diagnosed with the condition later in life.
Type 2 diabetes typically affects people over the age of 40, but young people can also be affected. A recent NHS report on diabetes in the UK revealed that 1,600 children and young adults are currently living with type 2.
People with diabetes cannot eat sweets.
Whilst sweets and other sugary foods may increase blood sugar levels, people with diabetes do not need to completely avoid them. Sugary foods can still be enjoyed by anyone living with diabetes, so long as they are consumed in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy eating plays a crucial role in managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and you can read more about it on our Healthy Living page.
Diabetes is not that serious.
There is no such thing as "mild" diabetes. Diabetes is a serious condition with no known cure. If not managed correctly, diabetes can lead to long-term and potentially life-threatening complications. Most people with living with type 1 and type 2 require medication to control the effects of diabetes, yet fewer than half remember to take them as prescribed.
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Each year we run events for people living with diabetes, ranging from educational workshops and wellness events, to fundraising marathons and group skydives. To find out more about our events and how we support people living with diabetes, please visit our Events Page.
Since 1998 we have provided over £12 million of funding for medical research programmes, with the aim of finding a cure for all types of diabetes. In 2004, we made a significant commitment to Islet Cell Research and Transplant, a programme which focuses on the role of islet cells in diabetes. Read more about our commitment to research by visiting our Research Page.
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