What is type 1 diabetes?
- Type 1 diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus.
- Mostly appears in children, though can occur at any age.
- Is an auto-immune disease marked by the inability to produce insulin.
- The insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body and insulin is no longer produced.
- Insulin injections are required for the body to process sugar into energy.
- Is a life-long condition to which there is no cure yet.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes
- Extreme thirst
- Weight loss
- Constant hunger
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
If you are worried about someone, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Treatment for type 1 diabetes
- The main aim is to maintain blood sugar levels as close to a normal range as possible
- Regular insulin injections
- Regular testing of blood sugar levels
- Healthy lifestyle
- Regular visits to your diabetes care team
It is important to closely monitor blood sugar levels to reduce hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) and hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels).
Interesting facts about diabetes in Australia
- 1.7m people live with diabetes in Australia
- Approx 15% of these have type 1 diabetes.
- You can not catch diabetes (in any form)
- There is no cure....yet!
- People live long and healthy lives with type 1 diabetes