Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but it is usually diagnosed in children, teens and young adults.
It is less common than type 2 diabetes – only about 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1.
According to the CDC, type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction that destroys cells in the pancreas that make insulin. While there is not a known way to prevent type 1 diabetes, it can be managed.
Health officials say untreated diabetes can lead to very serious health problems and even death.
- Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
- Are very thirsty
- Lose weight without trying
- Are very hungry
- Have blurry vision
- Have numb or tingling hands or feet
- Feel very tired
- Have very dry skin
- Have sores that heal slowly
- Have more infections than usual
- May have nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains
- Having a family history – parent, brother, or sister—with type 1 diabetes
- More likely to be developed as a child, teen or young adult; but it can occur at any age
If you believe you or your loved one may have diabetes, see your doctor. A blood test can help determine if you have diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes can be managed with the help of your doctor. According to the CDC, those with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin shots, check their blood sugar regularly, and follow a healthy lifestyle.