Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where your pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is an important hormone in the body because it helps glucose move into your cells to give them energy.
When glucose stays in your blood creating high glucose levels, it can lead to serious problems with the eyes, gums, teeth, nerves, kidney and heart. The disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults but can appear at any age. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need insulin therapy for the rest of your life.
Diabetes affects the whole family. Family support, care and understanding makes a tremendous positive impact in learning to live with the disease. For this reason, we put a lot of emphasis on education. In fact, we have an amazing education department that is comprised of licensed and registered dieticians as well as certified diabetes educators, many of whom also suffer from diabetes.
Though there is a lot of publicity about type 1 diabetes, only between 5% and 10% of people with diabetes have this form, according to the CDC and NIV.
Common symptoms of type 1 diabetes may include:
At Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center, we provide treatment and education that help patients of all ages, and their families, learn how to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
The American Diabetes Association has extensive information about type 1 diabetes on their website, or give us a call.