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About Type 1 Diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes develops when the body can no longer produce adequate insulin, the hormone needed for cells to convert glucose to energy. It is called an autoimmune disease because the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Untreated, type 1 diabetes is soon fatal. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin artificially, either through injection or with a device known as an insulin pump. Additional information on this condition is available from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Federation website (www.jdrf.org).

Cause of Type 1 Diabetes
The cause of type 1 diabetes has been investigated for several years. It is now believed that environmental factors increase the risk of diabetes in people who are genetically susceptible. If these environmental factors could be identified and eliminated, it might be possible to decrease the number of children who develop type 1 diabetes.


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