Monday, 13 June 2011

Diabetes awareness week: Type 1 explained..

Due to inaccurate advertising from Llyods pharmacy I feel that it is very important to understand the different types of diabetes.
The information is taken from a JDRF publication.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life threatening, and lifelong condition. It is caused by a defect in the immune system, it is not caused by lifestyle and cannot currently be prevented.
In people with type 1 diabetes, the body mistakenly attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This means that little or no insulin is produced. As a result, the body cannot convert glucose from the food into the energy the body needs to survive.
Just to stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple daily insulin injections (or pump infusions) and finger prick blood tests. Insulin however is NOT a cure, it is life support, without it they will die, and people with the condition still face future complications.

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