Conditions and diseases
Type 1 diabetes
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. This hormone ensures that sugar from the diet is absorbed into the body's cells to serve as a source of energy.
Symptoms and causes
What is it?
In type 1 diabetes, the body itself no longer produces insulin due to permanent destruction of the insulin-producing cells at the pancreas. This causes an increase in the sugar level in the blood.
Typical symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
- Excessive drinking of fluids
- Frequent urination
- Feeling of fatigue
- Weight loss
Diagnosis and treatment
After the diagnosis, your physician will choose the best treatment together with you and the other physicians on the team:
- Measuring the blood sugar using a simple glucometer or sensor is necessary to determine how much insulin is required at that moment.
- Administration of insulin with an insulin pen or an insulin pump
Treatment centres and specialisations
Latest publication date: 21/01/2021
Supervising author: Dr Boer Mirra