What causes diabetes? Behind the different causes of Type 1 and Type 2.

Diabetes affects 37 million people in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates another 96 million people – or 1 in 3 adults – have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2. 

Most people know of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but not all know how their causes differ. We asked Dr. Rodica Busui, the president of Medicine and Science at the American Diabetes Association. Here’s what you need to know.

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition. With Type 1 diabetes, your body can’t produce enough insulin and with Type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t use it properly.

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