Type 1 diabetes was previously referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile onset diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, which are the only cells in the body that produce insulin. When this occurs the body is unable to make the insulin needed to regulate blood glucose levels.
Type 1 diabetic patients must always take insulin injections because there is no other way for the body to produce it.
The risk factors for Type 1 diabetes include: autoimmune, genetics, and enviromental factors.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5% to 10% of diagnosed cases of diabetes.
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