Comparing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Infographic by Lloyds Pharmacy


  1. 285 Million People in the UK Suffer from Diabetes page 4

  2. Breakdown of Diabetes types worldwide: 90% of Diabetes sufferers have Type 2 Diabetes and 10% have Type 1

  3. Type 1 Diabetes generally appears before the age of 40 and Type 2 Diabetes generally appears after the age of 40

  4. Type 1 Diabetes develops if your body can’t produce insulin

  5. Type 2 Diabetes develops when the body can produce insulin, just not enough or it doesn’t work properly

  6. The exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes is unknown , but most likely there is a viral or environmental trigger in genetically susceptible people that causes the body’s white blood cells to mistakenly attack the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells

  7. Family history, low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight (especially around the waist) significantly increase your risk of type 2 diabetes

  8. It is predicted that by 2030 438 million will suffer from Diabetes, that’s more than the combined population of the USA and the UK

  9. 4.5%(65,066) of the population of Northern Ireland have Diabetes
  10. 3.9%(209,886) of the population of Scotland have Diabetes
  11. 5.1%(2,213,138) of the population of England have Diabetes
  12. 4.6%(146,173) of the population of Scotland have Diabetes Page 4

  13. It is estimated that half a million people in the UK suffer from Diabetes but haven’t been diagnosed Page 4

  14. There are over 22,000 children in the UK who have Diabetes Page 7

  15. 97% of children have type 1 diabetes Page 7

  16. 1.5% of children have type 2 diabetes Page 7

  17. Diabetes is the 5th most common cause of death in the world

    Roglic G, Unwin N, Bennett PH et al (2005). The burden of mortality attributable to diabetes: realistic estimates for the year 2000. Diabetes Care 28;2130–2135.