Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
What are the signs of Type 1 Diabetes?
Common symptoms associated with Type 1 diabetes include:
Slow wound healing
Itching, skin infections
Unexplained weight loss
What are the causes of Type 1 Diabetes?
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known, but there is a strong link to family history and it cannot be prevented. It has nothing to do with lifestyle, although maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important in helping to manage type 1 diabetes.
How do I know if I have Type 1 Diabetes?
To determine if you have Type 1 diabetes, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical assessment and/or request the following tests:
Glycoslyated Haemoglobin (HbA1c)
Fasting blood glucose