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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Previously known as ‘Juvenile diabetes' because it usually starts in childhood or adolescence, type 1 diabetes is now known to affect all ages. It develops when a person's immune system attacks the cells that make insulin in the pancreas and damages them in such a way that they can no longer make insulin.

Insulin lets glucose into the body’s cells to be used for energy. Without insulin, glucose cannot get into the body’s cells and this results in high blood glucose levels and causes the symptoms and complications that can occur with type 1 diabetes. There is no known cure or prevention for type 1 diabetes at this time. It is the rarest form of diabetes, occurring in about 10-15% of all diagnoses of diabetes.

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NDSS Important Links

MyD - For Under 25s
'myD’ (my diabetes) has been developed for people aged 16 to 25 years living with diabetes.

The site provides general information on living with diabetes and covers ‘everyday’ topics like school, work, travel, driving and general health. As well as links to other sites of interest, places to go for more information, and a section for your story and how you live with diabetes.

Diabetes Kids and Teens
Website for kids and Teens with Type 1 Diabetes.

My Health Balance
This program is suitable for adults who are interested in living a healthy lifestyle. It is a free, session based program that can assist in making healthy behaviour changes.

Minding Diabetes
This self-assessment tool that raises Registrants' awareness about the psychosocial and mental health issues they may experience as a consequence of managing their diabetes and guides them in seeking assistance if needed. Click here for the Minding Diabetes self-assessment tool.