Type 1 Diabetes

By: Paul R


Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition, or long lasting disease, in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar, or glucose, to enter cells to produce energy. Although type 1 diabetes often appears in childhood or adolescence, it can also begin in adults.

Ten Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

1. A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin

2. It typically appears in adolescence.

3. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there is a high level of sugar (glucose) in the blood.

4. There is nothing you can do to prevent Type 1 Diabetes, and nothing you can do to get rid of it.

5. As many as three million Americans may have Type 1 Diabetes.

6. Approximately 85 percent of people living with Type 1 Diabetes are adults, and 15 percent of people living with Type 1 Diabetes are children

7. Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.

8. Living with Type 1 Diabetes is a constant challenge. People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and other activities throughout the day and night.

9. They must also measure their blood-glucose level by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day.

10. While insulin injections or infusion allow a person with Type 1 Diabetes to stay alive, they do not cure the disease

5 Things a Person can do to Maintain or Improve their Health

1. Taking insulin (if you have type 1 diabetes)

2. Carbohydrate counting

3. Frequent blood sugar monitoring

4. Eating healthy foods

5. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight


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