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 -15
percent of people with diabetes.
It's important that good diabetes management habits are
established as early as possible after diagnosis. We
support those with type 1 diabetes from the onset of the condition,
and throughout the person's life.
If you, or someone you know, has recently been diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes, you may be experiencing a range of emotions.
Although managing the condition may seem daunting at first, it does
not prevent you from living a full and happy life.
Diabetes Queensland provides ongoing...
There are several important elements to living a healthy life
with type 1 diabetes. People with diabetes are recommended to
follow the same healthy eating and activity guidelines as the
general population (there's no need to follow a special diet!).
It is also important to recognise that...
Coping with hypos, health emergencies, travel, driving, insulin,
discrimination issues and even making decisions on when and what to
eat, are all part of coping with type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland is here to guide and support you along
the path to maximising your health...
Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Your body uses
insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into cells where it is
used as energy. Insulin injections are required because your body
is not producing insulin.
Why inject insulin?
Insulin is a protein. It can't be given in...
To give yourself and your baby the best start you can, it is
very important that you review your diabetes care and general
health with your healthcare team at least three months before you
start trying to get pregnant.
There are specialised services to support women with diabetes
Sam Webb was 11 years old when he was diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes.
Three years after his diagnosis Sam wrote "Sam's Diabetes
Story" to help other kids learn about his condition, and the
every day struggles he faces.
Download Sam's Diabetes...
With increasing age, the number of people with diabetes also
increases. Approximately 50% of all Australians with diabetes are
aged 65 years or older.
The NDSS website provides resources specifically to assist in
the management of diabetes in older people....
Many young people living with type 1 diabetes find adolescence
challenging, as its the time they start to learn to manage their
condition independently of their parents or guardians. Adolescence
also signifies the move from child to adult diabetes clinics. This