Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in both children and young adults. It was previously known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is where the body does not produce insulin. Individuals with type 1 diabetes are found with their immune system attacking their own insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and destroying them.
Individual with type 1 diabetes will require total insulin replacement in order to live a normal live due to the fact that the body does not make adequate amounts of insulin.
Individuals with type 1 diabetes will increase their risk for many serious complications such as heart disease (cardiovascular diseases), blindness (retinopathy), nerve damage (neuropathy), and damages to the kidney (nephropathy).