What is type 1 diabetes?

Currently affecting around four million people worldwide, this is by far the less common of the two main types of diabetes. It occurs most often in children and young people, though as yet we still don’t know why. With modern care and technology, living with type 1 diabetes is easier today than it’s ever been . . .

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own insulin-producing beta cells – resulting in an insulin deficiency. The main symptoms include increased thirst, weight loss and frequent urination.

No one knows yet why this type of diabetes is so variable among different groups of people, or why it’s steadily on the rise. There may be a genetic susceptibility in some populations, and some believe that environmental factors – like toxins, viruses or early diet – could be partly to blame.

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Maintaining the right insulin level

Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin injections. And with modern care, including the use of sensor technology, we can now achieve good glucose levels without hypoglycaemia (i.e. low blood sugar).

We use the latest treatments to keep insulin levels down and assist in weight loss, which can be a real problem for some patients.

A “zero tolerance” approach to low blood sugar

The negative effects of hypoglycaemia on quality of life, sleep, and on the heart are now increasingly appreciated, which is why we now aim for “zero tolerance” to hypoglycaemia.

Always at the cutting edge of diabetes care

We know that the closed loop solution to diabetes (the so-called artificial pancreas which monitors glucose levels 24/7 and automatically delivers exactly the right amount of insulin) is around the corner, and there are many innovations which hope to help this happen.

We aim to be right at the cutting edge of modern diabetes care while taking a supportive, informed and caring approach in advising our experienced patients.

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