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When does type 1 diabetes start?

Type 1 diabetes usually starts between 4 and 6 years of age and 10 and 14 years of age, with approximately half of children diagnosed before the age of 10. However, type 1 diabetes can occur at any age.

About half of the time, type 1 diabetes starts during childhood or the early teenage years. For this reason, it used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes. If your symptoms first appeared during your early teenage years, your health care provider probably suspected diabetes right away.

Type 1 diabetes most commonly starts in children between the ages of 9 and 14. However, it can affect anyone, at any age. 

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