Get ready to take on type 1 diabetes

Are you new to caring for someone with type 1 diabetes? Are you newly diagnosed yourself? Maybe you already manage type 1 diabetes well, and just need some tips on getting the most out of life? No matter which stage you are at, this section is for you.

These pages cover the basics – what type 1 diabetes is, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. You will also find advice on living well with the disease, as well as an overview of the support available to help you achieve your goals.

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects your body's ability to convert glucose from the food you eat into energy. The key to the problem – and the solution – is a hormone called insulin.

Understanding how insulin and blood glucose work together in your body, and what can go wrong, is an important first step in taking control of type 1 diabetes.


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Treatments for type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a serious and lifelong disease. The good news is that with the right treatment and careful management, you can expect to live a long and active life.

There is an extensive range of effective medicines and convenient delivery devices to help you keep your blood glucose levels under control. Your healthcare professional will help you choose the best combination for your needs.

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Living with type 1 diabetes

Well-managed type 1 diabetes will not hold you back. But you'll need to make adjustments throughout your life so you can take the best care of your health while still living life to the full.

This means learning to control your blood glucose and adapting to different situations – at work, when you travel, when you are celebrating, and when you are stressed. Finding the right information and support will help keep you motivated and in control of your diabetes.


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Aiming for a natural insulin response

The closer insulin therapy mimics the natural insulin response of someone who does not have diabetes, the better it can balance blood glucose levels and prevent the development of long-term health problems. The latest generation of insulins has come closer to this natural response than ever, and can offer new treatment possibilities as a result.


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Managing blood glucose on the road

Type 1 diabetes shouldn't stop you travelling, but you will need to be prepared. Planning treatment supplies and keeping track of meal and medication schedules are just some of the essentials.

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