Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to make insulin, which causes blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar can lead to problems with the heart and blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, eyes, feet, and more. Type 1 diabetes is much less common than type 2, accounting for only 5% of diabetes cases overall. It usually occurs in childhood or early adulthood, but it can sometimes begin later in life, too. While you can’t prevent type 1 diabetes, proper management can help prevent complications or slow it down. Read on to find out how.      

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Causes and Risk Factors

Type 1 diabetes begins when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. Family history and the presence of multiple autoantibodies in the blood are risk factors for the development of type 1 diabetes.

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Prevention

Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 cannot be prevented. There is ongoing research to learn how to prevent the onset of this disease.

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Symptoms and Diagnosis

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes are often overlooked or mistaken for the flu or other conditions. Know the warning signs and how doctors test for it.

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Complications

Over time, high blood sugar can cause problems and damage your heart and blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, eyes, and feet. But proper management can help prevent these complications.

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Treatment

People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to manage it. There are several other treatment and management options as well. Some of the most common include regular exercise, healthy diet, and blood sugar monitoring.

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Self Care

For people with type 1 diabetes, self care is crucial. Find out how to work with your doctor to take your insulin correctly, check and record blood sugar, track carbs, get the right exercise, and more.

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Causes & Risk Factors

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Prevention

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Symptoms & Diagnosis

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Complications

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Treatment

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Self Care

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