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About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults but can happen at any age. In people with type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system mistakenly destroys the beta cells that make insulin. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day.

Some common signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes include:

  • Urinating often
  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Being more hungry than usual
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Being more tired than usual
  • Blurry vision
  • Wounds that won’t heal

Treating type 1 diabetes

In addition to basal (or long-acting) insulin, when people with type 1 diabetes eat, they need a “bolus” (fast-acting dose) of insulin to help them use the sugar from each meal.

Learn more about type 1 diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes Basics

Kid-Friendly Recipesa

Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar

Coping With the Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

School or Day Care Tips for People With Type 1 Diabetes

Sports and Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes and Teens

Tips for Managing Type 1 Diabetes at Work

a Check with your health care provider and/or diabetes health care team to determine if the suggested
   recipes are appropriate for you or your child’s medical condition(s).


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