Diabetes is a growing health condition in the United States and the rest of the Western the world, and in many cases it is something that could be prevented. Because of this, it’s a good idea to understand the different types of diabetes, and what causes them.
Type 1 diabetes is generally associated with young adults and children. This type of diabetes cannot be prevented and is usually caused by genetics. It only accounts for 5% of all diabetes cases and can be treated with insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is most common in adults. This type of diabetes is preventable, usually being caused by obesity and food choices. Treatment for type 2 diabetes involves implementing a diet and exercise routine. Sometimes insulin is prescribed as well.
Finally, gestational diabetes is experienced by pregnant women. Again, this is treated with a combination of diet, exercise and insulin. Recent studies have found it to be preventable.
This infographic was created by the MSN online department at the University of Arizona.