Type 1 Diabetes: Overview

Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes and its full medical name is Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). It is a well-known type of diabetes that typically requires insulin for treatment, but is actually the second-most common type of diabetes (Type 2 diabetes is more common). Type 1 Diabetes is the typical type of diabetes in children, with its peak age occurring in the teens. However, over recent years there has been a rise in teens getting Type 2 diabetes, so the diagnosis is less clear, and misdiagnosis between the two types of diabetes can occur. Although a teen or pre-teen might have either type, a child under ten almost certainly has Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes has a good prognosis in the short-term (due to advances in insulin treatment, better treatment planning, insulin pumps, and so on), but over the long-term it is common to develop various complications of the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, feet, liver, and other complications.

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