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Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin (a hormone that helps give your cells energy), due to immune system antibodies targeted against the pancreas’ insulin producing beta cells.

What you should know about Type 1 diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes can begin at any age, but it usually shows up during childhood. Previously it’s been called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.
  • Type 1 diabetes symptoms may include increased urination, thirst, weight loss, blurry vision, fatigue and frequent infection.
  • Insulin therapy helps manage the condition through injections on a continuous basis or insulin pump therapy.
  • Pancreas transplants may offer hope for a cure in select patients.

Why choose Geisinger for your Type 1 diabetes care?

  • Our endocrinologist-lead team works with each patient to provide individualized education and self-management training in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
  • Treatment options include insulin, diabetes self-management training, nutritional counseling, eye care and access to clinical research trials.

Treatment options

We may recommend the following treatments to help treat Type 1 diabetes:

  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Diabetes education or medication therapeutic management
  • Insulin
  • Specialist referrals for eye, foot and kidney care
  • Transplant
  • Insulin pump therapy and glucose sensors for advanced intensive management

Specialties and institutes

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