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What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is a long-term disease that affects the ability of your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This occurs because a gland in the body called the pancreas can no longer produce insulin, a hormone that helps glucose pass from the …
What are the symptoms of type 1 diabetes?
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can vary from very severe to almost unnoticeable. They can include increased thirst and hunger and increased frequency of urination. If blood glucose levels become very high, symptoms can also include vomiting, stomach …
What causes type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction that damages the cells in the pancreas, called beta cells, which produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose pass from the bloodstream into the cells of the body, where it is used as fuel.
Who gets type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes most often arises in childhood, although it can happen at any time of life. The risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes are not completely understood. Having a family member with type 1 diabetes slightly increases the risk of developing the …
How is type 1 diabetes diagnosed?
Diabetes is diagnosed with laboratory tests that analyze a blood sample for the amount of glucose found in the blood.
How is type 1 diabetes treated?
Type 1 diabetes is treated with a combination of medication (insulin) and lifestyle management, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. People with diabetes often also need to see a range of healthcare providers such as podiatrists (foot …
Can type 1 diabetes be cured?
Type 1 diabetes cannot currently be cured, although it can be managed by medication (insulin) and lifestyle management, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.
Will type 1 diabetes clear on its own?
Type 1 diabetes will not clear or get better on its own. It requires lifelong treatment and management.
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 20 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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