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.
See this helpful Diabetes UK film [ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/What-is-diabetes/]
Visit Essex Diabetic Eye Screening Programme website www.essesdesp.co.uk for details of clinic locations and how to book an appointment.
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