What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is caused by a problem with the immune system. You cannot prevent it by adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly, or living a healthy lifestyle. There is currently no known cure. But JDRF is committed to funding research that will find the cure.
A body that isn’t affected by type 1 diabetes has hormones that will keep blood glucose within a healthy range (4 – 7 mmol/L). Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to move from the bloodstream into cells, which can then be used for energy. Someone with type 1 diabetes will not have enough insulin or any insulin at all, meaning that blood glucose will fall or rise outside of the normal levels.