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  • Diabetes is a condition where the glucose in the blood is too high.
  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that attacks the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin, causing the pancreas to stop producing insulin.
  • Insulin is a hormone that is released from the pancreas when blood glucose levels begin to rise. Insulin allows glucose to pass from the blood into the cells of the muscles, where it is used for energy.
  • Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood, the teenage years, and in young adults, but can occur at any age.
  • Over time, high glucose levels can affect the nerves and blood vessels and damage many organs and tissues of the body.
  • Lifelong insulin therapy is needed by all people with type 1 diabetes.

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Reviewed on: 21-06-2022