What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and kills its own insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. A person affected becomes insulin dependent for the rest of their lives. This means they must monitor their blood sugar and manually inject insulin many times throughout the day. Dangerously low or high blood sugar can cause life-threatening situations, and our children are at risk for long term complications such as kidney disease, blindness, amputation, heart attack and stroke.

As children living with type 1 diabetes, our kids endure countless finger pokes, insulin injections, and insulin pump site changes. The constant balance of food, insulin, activity, and body changes mean their daily lives are constantly interrupted by the demands of living with diabetes.

Unfortunately, type 1 diabetes CANNOT be controlled through diet, exercise or other medication. Insulin keeps kids and adults with type 1 diabetes alive, but it is NOT a cure.