Our mission is to create a world where people with type 1 diabetes can live full and healthy lives through research, education, support and a cure.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects the way the body processes insulin. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by lifestyle factors, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Without sufficient insulin, the body is unable to effectively regulate blood sugar levels, leading to symptoms such as increased thirst and hunger, fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, and slow healing of cuts and wounds.
Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults and cannot be prevented. However, with proper management, those with type 1 diabetes can lead healthy and active lives. This includes monitoring blood sugar levels regularly, taking insulin as prescribed, following a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity.
If left untreated, type 1 diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, and vision loss. However, with proper management and close monitoring, many of these complications can be prevented or delayed.