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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Here's a quick overview of what you need to know.

Type 1 diabetes is different than type 2.
It affects children and adults.
It is an autoimmune disease, and it means the person’s body can’t produce insulin.
There is no cure. Daily insulin injections are required to maintain blood sugar levels and to survive.
The body’s immune system kills the cells that make insulin in the pancreas.
There are over 40 different factors that can affect blood glucose levels. Even the most careful patient is at risk of blood sugarhighs and lows.
We don’t know what causes type 1 diabetes.
An average day means testing blood sugar at least 6 times and taking insulin 4 or more times.

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