Understanding the causes of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. It is not yet known why these cells have been damaged by the body’s own immune system and at the moment you cannot prevent Type 1 diabetes.

There are a number of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes – including having a close family member with the disease, being overweight or having high blood pressure. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk of developing diabetes. For more detailed information, visit IDF Middle East & Africa.

At Roche, our understanding of people’s predisposition to develop diabetes and the mechanisms of diabetes is integral to our ambition to develop even more personalised solutions to manage and tackle the disease.