We are constantly being told that there is a diabetes epidemic. No question there. The numbers are absolutely staggering. But there are inconsistencies in the picture given us.
100 years ago, both types were quite rare. But today they are both growing exponentially. This growth type strongly suggests some commonality between the 2 types.
There are overweight people that can't develop T2 diabetes no matter how hard they seem to try. People that have been very obese for most of their adult life. On the other hand there are thin, active people that develop T2 diabetes, some before middle age.
Scientists are gradually changing their tune. No longer is T2 diabetes always preventable, rather it can be significantly delayed. This leads to the conclusion that being overweight is just one component of the cause.
No explanation is presented for the exponential growth of T1 diabetes. Only that it's being looked at. At this time there is no known way of preventing it. It's become more and more like a lottery with an ever increasing chance of winning.
Type 1.5 has recently joined in and raises interesting questions. We now have T1.5 diabetics diagnosed in their early 20's. People that can manage on oral drugs at least for a lengthy initial period.
Either we are polluting our genetic pool or else we are poisoning our environment and food. When the final answer is found, we have to hope that it's not too late to fix the problem. Otherwise we have truly created an awful monster of huge proportions.