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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Unlike type 2 diabetes, T1D is not linked to being overweight, lack of exercise or other lifestyle factors. It is not preventable and its cause is unknown.

The challenges of living with a life-threatening disease

People with T1D must take insulin via syringe or insulin pump in required doses in order to control glucose levels in their blood. This continuous glucose monitoring involves testing their blood sugar by pricking their finger(s) six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, people with T1D still run the risk of dangerously high blood sugar levels, which can lead to complications, or dangerously low blood sugar levels, which can result in a coma.

Insulin is not a cure

While insulin injections or infusion allow a person with T1D to stay alive, they do not cure the disease, nor prevent long-term complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease, and other debilitating conditions.

T1D strikes both children and adults at any age.

What are the symptoms?

T1D often develops suddenly and can produce symptons such as:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Abnormal thirst and a dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Lack of energy, extreme tiredness
  • Constant hunger

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