The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known, however it is thought that certain environmental factors or viruses as well as genetic factors may have an impact.Unlike type 2 diabetes, it cannot be prevented. We also know that the development of type 1 diabetes is not linked with lifestyle, although maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in helping to manage type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in childhood, however it can occur at any age.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
These symptoms may occur suddenly. If they do occur, see a doctor. Through a simple test, a doctor can find out if they’re the result of type 1 diabetes.
Currently there is no cure for type 1 diabetes. However it can be managed by using insulin and those living with type 1 can and do, live long, active and healthy lives. Check out Helping Yourself for ways to manage your diabetes and read inspirational stories about others who are staying well with diabetes.