Facts and figures

  • Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin. It occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells, needed to regulate the body’s blood glucose.
  • The cause is not yet understood, but it is known that Type 1 Diabetes can NOT be prevented, and at this time, cannot be cured either, only managed.
  • T1 can affect children or adults of any age. Although more commonly diagnosed in childhood, it can strike at any time, leading to insulin dependence for life.
  • Diabetics must regularly check their blood sugar, either through finger prick tests, or a through a sensor placed under the skin in their arm. The ideal blood glucose is between 5mmol – 7mmol.
  • Most Type 1 Diabetics rely on regular insulin injections daily, ranging day to day, dependant on where blood glucose levels are at.
  • Diabetes can lead to many, serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, nerve damage.