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Type 1 Diabetes - Insulin Dependent Diabetes - Juvenile Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes
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Type 1 diabetes was previously called insulin dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile diabetes because it usually strikes children, adolescents and young adults.

Type 1 diabetes develops quickly, usually over a few weeks, and symptoms are normally very obvious and dramatic.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the immune system of the person, usually a child, destroys the beta cells in the pancreas, which are responsible for making insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is believed to account for 5% to 10% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Risk factors for type 1 diabetes may include autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors.

People with type 1 diabetes must follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, take insulin shots and monitor blood sugar frequently, besides visiting their diabetes care team as needed.

In these pages you will find a lot of useful information to help you manage type 1 diabetes.

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