Type 1 of diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes, and is found more commonly in young people. Type 1 diabetes is caused by your body no longer being able able to provide you with enough insulin. This is because the body’s immune system has mistaken the cells that produce it as dangerous and destroyed them. Without insulin, your body begins to break down it’s own fat and muscle, which can result in weight loss.
Type 1 diabetes is often known as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it usually develops before the age of 40, often during teenage years.
If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you will need insulin injections for the rest of your life. You will also need to pay special attention to certain aspects of your lifestyle and health to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced – for example, by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests.