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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.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 20 Oct 2014
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Category: Type 2 diabetes


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