There are 387 million people living with diabetes around the world (2014)
1 in every 12 people have diabetes.
In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes.
Diabetes does NOT have a cure. Yet.
The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes.
The gray ribbon with the drop of blood is the diabetes awareness ribbon.
Type 1 diabetics comprise only 10% of the diabetic population.
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Most of the cases involve an auto-immune destruction of the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas.
There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:
Type 1 [insulin-dependent || Type 2 [non insulin-dependent] || Gestational diabetes [during pregnancy]
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.