Wednesday, March 29, 2017


At a Glance

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease results when the body's system for fighting infection-the immune system-turns against a part of the body. In diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The pancreas then produces little or no insulin. A person who has type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily to live.

Introduction Topics

What is Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes has a more severe disease process than Type 2, and onset is typically in childhood.  Beta cells in the…

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Who Gets Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes can occur between infancy and the late 30s, however, typically onset is during childhood or adolescence.  Genetic factors, obesity, and illness in early…

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Am I At Risk?

Type 1 Diabetes can present itself at any age, but usually becomes apparent between infancy and last 30s. People with type 1 diabetes are often sickly in infancy, have…

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Testing for type 1 diabetes has advanced dramatically in the last several years. Currently, a simple fingerstick blood test can detect antibodies that identify children who…

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Symptoms of type 1 diabetes includes frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, and sudden weight loss.  Children with type 1 diabetes are often restless,…

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Hot Topics

We recently discussed the top 10 concerns related to a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Following these concerns, families then often talk about the "honeymoon" period.   What is the honeymoon period? Most kids/teens/adults with new onset type 1…