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Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where a person’s blood sugar (often called blood glucose) becomes too high. Diabetes can also be called diabetes mellitus. This is not to be confused with diabetes insipidus which is an entirely different condition.

Type 1 diabetes (which is sometimes referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes, or juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes) occurs when the body doesn’t create any insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and regulates blood glucose levels. Without insulin the glucose in the blood remains at a high level. If blood glucose remains at a high level it can cause serious damage to many of the body’s organs.

Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 people in the UK.

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