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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas in the body is unable to produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels.  People with this form of diabetes need to replace their missing insulin and will need to take insulin for the rest of their lives.

Type 1 diabetes is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it often develops before the age of 40.   However, it is important to note that Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune condition and can happen at any age.

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition and if not treated can cause serious health problems. If you have been diagnosed as Type 1, you will need to take insulin for life. This condition can be self-managed and you can lead a full and healthy life.

What happens when you have diabetes?

See this helpful Diabetes UK film [ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/What-is-diabetes/]

 

Key facts about Type 1 diabetes:

  1. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of managing your diabetes. The right food choices can help you maintain your long-term health.
  2. It is important that the blood glucose levels are as near normal as possible.  As this is so individual to each person, the target levels must be agreed between the person and their diabetes team.
  3. The type of medication you require will depend on your own individual needs and situation.
  4. Diabetes medication will only work and help your diabetes if you take it properly and regularly.
  5. If you are planning to have a baby then it is vital that you speak to your diabetes care team who will help you to achieve this goal in a healthy way for Mum and baby.

Find support and information to help you manage Type 1 Diabetes

Visit Essex Diabetic Eye Screening Programme website www.essesdesp.co.uk for details of clinic locations and how to book an appointment.

 

Did you know?

The right food choices can help you maintain your long term health.

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