4 Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

There are two types of diabetes-type I and type II. Although both can be treated with medicine and insulin, Type I diabetes can be quite dangerous than type II diabetes. Here are some facts to know about Type I diabetes.

1. It is an auto-immune disease

In case of type I diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that helps you get the energy out of the food that you eat. The pancreas has insulin producing cells called the beta cells and when the body’s immune system attacks these cells, you get type I diabetes. There are no clear causes as to the onset of this disease and there is no cure either. Genetics and environmental factors play a role in causing type I diabetes. Unlike type II diabetes, it is not caused by your diet or your lifestyle.

2. Anyone can be affected by it

Since diet and lifestyle does not play a role in the disease, any one from children to adults can get this. A person diagnosed with type I diabetes must be dependent on insulin for life. It either has to be pumped in or injected. Any delay in injecting insulin can have deadly consequences.

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