Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: The Difference

  • Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition.  This is where the  body’s immune system destroys the insulin-making cells of the pancreas.  It is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood and will always require treatment with Insulin injections. Early onset Type 1 diabetes is NOT related to lifestyle.
  • Type 2 Diabetes is largely diet related and develops over time.  Your body still produces a small amount of insulin, but it isn’t effective enough.
  • The Lions Clubs Ireland Diabetes Awareness strategy is only relevant to Type 2 Diabetes. The focus of the Lions, globally and in Ireland, is on creating awareness of Type 2 diabetes, the incidence of which is increasing in both developed and undeveloped countries. A change of diet, increasing the level of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight all play a role in delaying and/or preventing this condition.