Every year, 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Many of these individuals are children; about 27 of 100,000 kids ages 5 to 9 are Type 1 diabetic, and that number is expected to grow by 2050.
And yet, even with the large number of people living with this disease, Type 1 diabetes is still largely misunderstood. Many think of it as a “lifestyle disease,” something that comes from eating too much sugar or unhealthy food. In reality, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that diabetics cannot prevent from developing.