September 22, 2022
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is one of the fastest-growing chronic health conditions, impacting nearly nine million people across the globe. The Type 1 Diabetes Index (T1D Index), launched today, is a first-of-its-kind data simulation tool that measures the human and public health impact of T1D in every country across the globe.
Until now, there have been wide gaps in the data about the incidence and impact of T1D. Leveraging data and insights from the T1D Index can help change the lives of people living with T1D by identifying attainable country-by-country interventions including timely diagnosis, accessible care and funding research that could lead to cures.
The T1D Index is the result of a collaboration between JDRF International, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Life for a Child, International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), and Beyond Type 1.
T1D is an autoimmune condition that causes the pancreas to make very little insulin or none at all—this means the human body cannot convert food into energy, which can lead to long-term complications including damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, heart and even premature death. T1D can affect people at any age, but commonly develops in children or young adults. Certain factors like family history can increase the risk of T1D, but the condition is not caused by diet or lifestyle. There is currently no cure for T1D.