What Causes Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes happens when your immune system destroys cells in your pancreas called beta cells.

Beta cells make insulin. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot become energy, making blood sugar levels high. So people with type 1 diabetes needs insulin injections to control their blood sugar.

For the time being, we are not clearly sure what triggers type 1 diabetes. Researchers do know that genes play a role; there is an inherited susceptibility. However, what happens to the immune system remains unknown.


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