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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