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 bodys cells to be used for energy. Without insulin, glucose can not get into the bodys 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.
The site provides general information on living with diabetes and covers ‘everyday’ topics like school, work, travel, driving and general health. The site also provides information and links to other sites of interest, places to go for more information, and there is a section for you to tell your story and talk about how you live with diabetes, here and now.