Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 28, 2004
Question from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA:
My 14 year old daughter, who has type 1 and was diagnosed in November 1999, recently asked me if type 1 is more common in girls than in boys. Are there any statistics that would answer this question for her?
Great question! According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, the distribution of diabetes by gender is approximately the same by type and across age groups. For more information about the prevalence and distribution of diabetes in the United States, as well state diabetes control efforts in your state, visit the CDC’s Diabetes Public Health Resource page.
Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:
Type 1 diabetes, overall, is about the same for girls and boys. In younger children, i.e. those less than five to seven years of age, there are often more boys than girls. This may be explained by different genetic susceptibilities at different ages.
Additional comments from Dr. Andrea Scaramuzza:
I think there are equal numbers of male and females with type 1, although, in some studies, there are slightly more males than females.