Type 1 diabetes is not related to lifestyle factors and cannot be prevented or reversed, Diabetes Ireland has said.
According to the charity, there is widespread confusion among members of the public over the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
"To set the record straight, type1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, not related to weight or a sedentary lifestyle and it's not preventable or reversible. It is most commonly diagnosed in childhood. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is associated with poor lifestyle behaviours and diet, being overweight, being sedentary and usually develops when one is over 45 years of age," explained Dr Anna Clarke of Diabetes Ireland.