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What is type 1 diabetes?

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't make insulin.

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes include:

  • thirst
  • tiredness
  • weight loss
  • thrush or genital itching
  • blurred vision
  • slow healing wounds
These symptoms can happen quickly over a couple of weeks.
 
Treatment for type 1 diabetes is about replacing the insulin that the pancreas no longer produces and ensuring that you adopt a healthy lifestyle. There are different kinds of insulin, which can be taken either by syringe, pen injector or by using an insulin pump. 
 
Every person is different and your medication will be prescribed just for you. It is important that you take it to help control your diabetes.  If you aren't clear about when or how much medication to take, speak to your doctor or diabetes nurse.
 
Find out more about type 1 diabetes on the Diabetes UK website, here


You can download our factsheet on type 1 diabetes on the right.

Call our Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525 to find out more about, and order other support materials. View all available support materials by visiting our supporting materials section

 

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