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How long does type 1 diabetes take to develop?

How long does type 1 diabetes take to  develop?

Type 1 diabetes is not developed overnight or so then how long does it take to develop?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease and every year since 1989, the ratio of t1 diabetics is increasing in the United States of America by 3%. The worst of all is that it is mostly diagnosed in children or young person that are under 28. According to the statistics, most number of cases of type one diabetes are children with age 14. Alarming it is, we know, but you might want to know what are the reasons for the development of t1 diabetes and how long does it take to develop type 1 diabetes. Let’s find out below.

How much time does development of type one diabetes take?

According to the report of CDC, more than 90% cases of diabetes reported are type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes is very less diagnosed in comparison. However, t1d is mostly diagnosed in children and therefore it is expert’s saying that it may take only few days or few weeks to develop type 1 diabetes.

It may happen that you have developed type 1 diabetes but you may not observe or feel any symptoms of it. Children will need to pee a lot and if you notice in you or your child, type 1 diabetes might be the cause. Other symptoms of type 1 diabetes may not stand out and you may not notice it. Unlike type 2 diabetes, in which one can try to delay or prevent at the stage of prediabetes, type 1 diabetes doesn’t have a prediabetes stage.

Let’s find out some important facts like what triggers type 1 diabetes and more.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease and once diagnosed, has no permanent cure. T1d is mostly diagnosed in children or young persons. Almost all the cases of type one diabetes reported are between 14 and 44 years of age. The insulin making process is disrupted either by an injury or due to immune system. The immune system of T1d destroys the Beta cells inside the pancreas that are responsible for making of insulin.

In simple words, a t1 diabetic either cannot produce insulin properly.

What triggers type 1 diabetes?

Scientists and researchers believe that there is no single factor that causes or triggers type 1 diabetes. However, these factors have one thing in common that is destroying of insulin-making beta cells by disrupting the immune system. As it is a chronic disease means once its triggered and you are diagnosed with it, there is no going back. All you can do after being diagnosed with it is to control your blood sugar, glucose or hemoglobin, whatever you like to call it. Let’s see some of the major factors of type 1 diabetes.

Factors causing type 1 diabetes

There is no fix or obvious cause of t1d yet identified by the scientists but they do have common statements that type 1 diabetes is developed together by environment, ethnicity, geography, food and genes.

Environmental factor:

Environment also plays its part in causing type 1 diabetes. According to research, in winters, more cases of t1d are reported as compared to the cases reported in summers.

Geographical factor:

As in winter, more cases are reported. Likewise, the statistics shows that people living in northern areas have t1 diabetes more often than the people living in southern areas. Scientists belief becomes even more firm due to these stats.


Race and ethnicity is also one of the factor that is considered as the cause of type one. Click here to see the table showing the percentage of type 1 diabetics based on ethnic groups.


Type 1 diabetes is also genetically transferred from parents to their children. The chances of you getting diagnosed with type 1 are very much increased if your parents have it as well. If both of your parents have it and if it was diagnosed before 20, the chances of t1d in your children are maximum. Read our complete post to know whether type 1 diabetes is hereditary or not.

Other factors include the food you eat and how you eat. Food that damages the immune system or an injury to your pancreas may also become the ultimate reason of type 1 diabetes.

Prediabetes and Type 1 diabetes

The normal Hba1c is 5.7% or below. A1C percentage between 5.7 and 6.4 shows that the person is in the prediabetes stage. 6.5% A1C level or above means that you have diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, there is no stage of prediabetes in case of t1d. Its development doesn’t take years and is triggered due to factors that are different from the factors that triggers type 2 diabetes.

How to know you have type 1 diabetes?

There are few symptoms of the type 1 diabetes and if you observe these symptoms, get your HbA1c (Hemoglobin) test report. Hemoglobin must not be greater than or equal to 6.5%. Here are some of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes you should know.

  • You need to Pee/Urinate a lot
  • Unusual fatigue/tiredness
  • Headache
  • Increased Thirst
  • Irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual Hunger

Can type 1 diabetes be cured once development?

Whether it is type 1 or type 2 diabetes, once they are developed, there is no permanent cure. However, in case of type 2 diabetes you can stop, reverse, or delay the process of development if it is in the prediabetes stage. But once these two types are developed, there is no cure yet found.

Summary of Development of Type 1 diabetes

How long does the development of type 1 diabetes take? Well, it doesn’t take years to develop type 1 diabetes but just few days or weeks. It could be like you have no sign of t1d and you may have developed it within 2 weeks. Environment, geography, race and ethnicity, hereditary, food and eating habits can trigger the development of type 1 either individually or combined.

Ask more about type 1 diabetes

We hope that you got the answer of your question. Share your experience or knowledge about the type 1 diabetes development in the comment section below. Keep visiting our blog for more informational posts and help. You can ask any question related to diabetes anytime and our researchers will try to give the best answer they can.

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