About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the body does not produce insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar (glucose) into needed energy. The disease, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, usually is diagnosed in children and young adults. There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States (7 percent of the population) who have diabetes. About 14.6 million people have been diagnosed, while about 6.2 million are not aware that they have the disease. An estimated 5 to 10 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. In addition to a well-managed diet, treatment for type 1 diabetes includes blood sugar tests several times a day and multiple daily injections of insulin or the use of an insulin pump to keep blood sugar levels at the patient’s target range.
• Increased thirst and frequent urination
• Weight loss
• Extreme hunger
• Blurred vision
For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website at www.diabetes.org.