Type 1 Diabetes

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Understanding and Causes

Understanding Type 1 Diabetes

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.

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