How does it happen?
Body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and kills cells in the pancreas. Very little or no insulin is produced in the body.
How does it affect your body?
Sugar accumulates in the blood instead of being used as energy.
How many people are affected?
About 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Who is at increased risk?
Type 1 diabetes mainly occurs during childhood or adolescence, but can develop in adults as well.
The actual cause of type 1 diabetes is not known. Mostly the body’s immune system, which is known to fight harmful bacteria and viruses, starts to destroy the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas mistakenly.1 You might be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes if you have2 –
You might get it if your mother, father, sister or brother has type 1 diabetes
It can slow the ability of pancreas to make insulin
Certain infections or illnesses can be harmful to your pancreas
*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.
1. Mayoclinic. Type 1 diabetes. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20353011. Last updated: 7/8/2017. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
2. WebMD. What are the main risk factors for type 1 diabetes? Available from: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/qa/what-are-the-main-risk-factors-for-type-1-diabetes. Last reviewed: 4/12/2016. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.