HUNTINGTON, NY (CBSNewYork) – It’s an unfortunate truth, but more adults are being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes used to be known as juvenile diabetes, said Karina Sisalli of the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation on Long Island.

“20s, 30, even 40s and 50s we’ve seen people being diagnosed with Type 1, so the population living with Type 1 Diabetes is really 50/50,” Sisalli told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Sisalli said that research is being done to see if genetics plays a role.

“Here on Long Island, there have been a growing number of cases of Type 1 Diabetes in both adults and children,” Sisalli added. “It could be environmental. They’re doing studies on that also.”

The symptoms include being lethargic, increased thirst and hunger, and frequent urination. A fundraiser to benefit the JRDF will be held on April 27 at the Lina’Z store in Huntington.

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