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Type 1 diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a condition where your body cannot make enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use sugar for energy. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body's immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. This means that your body cannot get the energy it needs from the sugar in your blood. Without enough insulin, the sugar builds up in your blood and can cause serious health problems.



Diagnosing Type 1 Diabetes

If you have symptoms like feeling very thirsty, needing to pee a lot, losing weight without trying, or feeling tired all the time, your doctor may suspect you have type 1 diabetes. They will do a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar levels are high, it could mean you have type 1 diabetes. Your doctor may also do other tests to confirm the diagnosis.



Treating Type 1 Diabetes

To treat type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin every day. Insulin can be injected with a needle or delivered through an insulin pump. Your doctor will help you figure out the right amount of insulin you need. It's important to check your blood sugar levels regularly and adjust your insulin dose as needed. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can also help manage your blood sugar levels.



Preventing Type 1 Diabetes

Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. It is not caused by eating too much sugar or not exercising enough. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means it happens when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body. Researchers are still studying why this happens and how to prevent it. If you have a family history of type 1 diabetes, your doctor may monitor you closely for any signs or symptoms.



What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a condition where your body cannot make enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use sugar for energy. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body's immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. This means that your body cannot get the energy it needs from the sugar in your blood. Without enough insulin, the sugar builds up in your blood and can cause serious health problems.



Diagnosing Type 1 Diabetes

If you have symptoms like feeling very thirsty, needing to pee a lot, losing weight without trying, or feeling tired all the time, your doctor may suspect you have type 1 diabetes. They will do a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar levels are high, it could mean you have type 1 diabetes. Your doctor may also do other tests to confirm the diagnosis.



Treating Type 1 Diabetes

To treat type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin every day. Insulin can be injected with a needle or delivered through an insulin pump. Your doctor will help you figure out the right amount of insulin you need. It's important to check your blood sugar levels regularly and adjust your insulin dose as needed. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can also help manage your blood sugar levels.



Preventing Type 1 Diabetes

Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes. It is not caused by eating too much sugar or not exercising enough. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means it happens when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body. Researchers are still studying why this happens and how to prevent it. If you have a family history of type 1 diabetes, your doctor may monitor you closely for any signs or symptoms.



Graphic representation of Type 1 diabetes

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Type 1 diabetes

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Financial support

Not all of us are able to afford the treatment we need. Search your insurance coverage, or check out what charities may be able to offer you for your condition.

p.s. Just because you have insurance, that doesn't mean that charities or other organizations are not able to support you too.

Emotional support

Whether it's a free counseling session or to find someone with a similar diagnosis, these Germie approved charities might be able to help. Click to explore their offerings!

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