Type 1 diabetes resembles a life-long illness in which it is difficult to control blood glucose levels. This situation arises because the body can not produce insulin.
More than 2.9 million people in the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with this disease. Diabetes is classified into two types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age of the person (including children), but usually begins during childhood or adolescence. Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes and, occasionally, juvenile onset diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and regulates the level of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar found in foods and beverages. It is absorbed by your body in the natural process of digestion and is transported with your blood. When this absorbed glucose reaches the tissues of the body, insulin helps it enter the tissue and converts it into energy.
Insulin is produced by a gland located behind the stomach known as the pancreas. The shortage of this insulin will cause glucose to build up in your blood. It means that your blood sugar levels rise.
• Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
• spend more urine than usual
• feeling constantly thirsty
• have unexplained weight loss
• be extremely tired
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