Type 1 diabetes

(Type I diabetes)

About Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes means your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. Over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.

Type 1 diabetes happens most often in children and young adults but can appear at any age.

  • Also known as
  • Type I diabetes
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1

Top Medications for Type 1 diabetes according to our users

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All Medications for Type 1 diabetes

  • Anti-diabetic > Insulin

  • Anti-diabetic > Biguanide

    • Metformin
      Prescription only

      Glucophage (Metformin) is a very effective medicine to lower blood sugar and the risk of complications and death from diabetes, but it's likely to cause diarrhea for the first few weeks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

  • Antihypertensive > ACE inhibitor

Medication side effects for Type 1 diabetes

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Novolog: 5%
  • Levemir: 13%
  • Humalog: 20%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Type 1 diabetes

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • 1. Realize you will go through the stages of grieving after diagnosis. 2. Realize you must treat yourself. 3. Others, including your physician, can only advise you on what the treatment must be. 4. See #2 again. Do it. 5. There are many tools available to help manage diet. One very good one is Diabetes Pilot for iOS and Windows. Use the tools. 6. Explore the possibility of getting an insulin pump. 7. See #2 again. Do it.
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