Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood but can occur at any age. 


In type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin.  As the body needs insulin to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must replace this insulin every day. 


At present, insulin can only be given by injections or through a pump. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10 per cent of people with diabetes.