According to the American Diabetes Association, “In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body.” With the help of medicine and other treatments you can live a long and healthy life with type 1 diabetes. Here are 5 quick facts about type 1 that everyone should know.
- Insulin therapy is the only effective treatment for type 1 diabetes.
- About 1 in 500 people in the United States has the condition.
- Type 1 diabetes accounts for $14.9 billion in health care costs per year.
- 5% of people who have a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes will also develop the condition.
- About 80 people get diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. each day.