Type 1 Diabetes

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Lt Col Reynolds
Type 1 diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disorder that affects the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin. Without insulin, the body’s cells can’t properly absorb glucose, a kind of sugar, from the bloodstream. The result is high blood glucose, which can lead to serious health conditions throughout the body.

Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes because it develops most often in children and young adults. However, it is possible to develop type 1 diabetes at any age. Type 1 is much less common than type 2 diabetes.

Maj Hemstad
In this section, you can find information on risk factors and causes of type 1 diabetes, such as family history, nutrition, environment, and the immune system. You can also visit the pages on symptoms, tests and diagnosis if you think you or your child might have type 1 diabetes.

Lt Col Reynolds
We also cover complications that can result from type 1 diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage, skin conditions, hearing impairment, and other potential health issues.

Maj Hemstad
Finally, if you or your child has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you can learn about how to manage diabetes, including glycemic control and medications, as well as the importance of shared decision making with your healthcare team.