What is type 1 diabetes?

Also known as: Juvenile diabetes, insulin-dependent diabetes

Normally, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which enables the sugar in the blood to move into the body’s cells to provide energy. In children with type 1 diabetes, the child’s body no longer produces insulin. While it generally occurs around the time of puberty it can occur much earlier.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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