Type 1 Diabetes Awareness

Raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, correcting misconceptions, & bringing unity to the type 1 community

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Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas.  Scientists believe that genetic factors as well as environmental triggers are involved in causing T1D.

About 346 million people worldwide have diabetes.  Only about 5-10% of them have Type 1 Diabetes, but that is still 17-35 million people.  Type 1 Diabetes can not be reversed or cured, there is no way to prevent it, it is not caused by eating too much sugar, diet, or exercise.  

People with Type 1 Diabetes need to take insulin injections everyday or need to use an insulin pump.  Type 1 Diabetes used to be known as Juvenile Diabetes or Insulin Dependent Diabetes.  

It is now only called Type 1 Diabetes because adults can be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and sometimes people with Type 2 Diabetes take insulin.  Type 1 Diabetes needs constant attention.  Insulin is not a cure.

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes

Sudden onset – 5-10% of all cases

Requires insulin injections or insulin pump

Pancreas makes little or no insulin (after the honeymoon phase)*

Low level of C-peptide

Cannot be prevented

Cannot be controlled through diet & exercise alone

Autoimmune disease (the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing beta cells)

No Cure

Type 2 Diabetes

Gradual onset – 90-95% of all cases

Possible Insulin Injections, Insulin Pump, or oral medications

Pancreas does make insulin, someone with T2 has insulin resistance

Normal or high level of C-peptide

Can possibly be prevented in some people

Can possibly be controlled (not cured) through diet & exercise

Non Autoimmune disease (T2D is caused by insulin resistance)

Can be reversed

*The honeymoon phase refers to the period of time shortly after type 1 diabetes has been diagnosed where the pancreas is still producing insulin.  This period is only temporary and varies from person to person and can last for weeks, months, or up to a year.  It is rare to last longer than 1 year.

Some people with Type 2 Diabetes may take insulin but that does not mean their Type 2 Diabetes turned into Type 1 Diabetes. The type of diabetes someone has is defined by what caused it, not how it is treated.**

Signs & symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes can come on quickly can come on quickly and may include..

Frequent urination

Increased thirst

Sudden vision changes

Fruity smelling breath

Increased appetite

Extreme fatigue

Heavy, labored breathing


The Faces of Type 1 Diabetes

Dextrose brings up blood sugar very fast.  Here is a list of candy made with dextrose.  Click on the name to be taken directly to tho the nutritional information.

Airheads BarsOriginal SmartiesSweeTARTS RollRuntsBottle CapsNerdsSpree

T1 Related Books

(Click on the title to purchase it on Amazon)

Think Like A Pancreas by Gary Scheiner

Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase

The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting by Gary Scheiner

The CalorieKing by Allan Borushek

**excerpted from Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, Owner/Director of Integrated Diabetes Services (www.integrateddiabetes.com)