WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the body's
immune system attacks insulin-producing beta cells in the
pancreas and destroys them. This results in the pancreas
producing little or no insulin, forcing an individual to
take insulin through injections or an insulin pump.
The condition can only be managed for the rest of a Type
1 Diabetic's life. Symptoms include:
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- weight loss despite increased appetite
- abdominal pain
- absence of menstruation
Approximately 5-10% of Diabetics have Type 1 Diabetes. It
usually occurs in children or young adults, though it can
also develop in older adults. This disorder increases the
risk of Cardiovascular Disease, blindness (retinopathy),
nerve damage (neuropathy) and kidney damage (nephropathy).
This article is meant for informational purposes
only. The Insulite Diabetes Advanced Management System
is not intended for use by Type 1 Diabetics.
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