About type 1 diabetes
More than 120,000 Australians and their families are facing the daily burden of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
T1D is caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying cells within the pancreas that produce insulin. Without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food.
There is no way to prevent T1D, and currently no cure. People
can be diagnosed with the disease at any age, though diagnosis is most common
People with T1D must:
- Receive a constant supply of insulin to stay alive by several needles daily, or through infusion from a pump
- Endure painful finger pricks around 6-8 times a day to help control their blood glucose levels to avoid dangerous hypoglycaemiac (low blood sugar) hyperglycaemiac (high blood sugar) events.
- Do the best they can with blood glucose management to lower the risk of complications.