Type 1 diabetes is a devastating autoimmune disease caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body’s ability to produce insulin. Insulin allos the body to process blood glucose to create energy. Without insulin, the body literally starves as it has no fuel.
People with type 1 diabetes cannot survive without insulin that has to be injected to up to six times a day * or continuously infused through a pump, as well as check their blood sugar levels up to eight times every day just to stay alive.
In Daire’s instance, Daire’s blood sugar levels are checked seven times a day, roughly along the following times:
7am, 9.30am, 12pm, 3pm, 5.30pm, 9pm, 12am
Type 1 diabetes is associated with serious health complications including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, stroke and amputation, as well as reduced life expectancy.
Type 1 diabetes is not well understood and this is a source of great concern for the type 1 diabetes community. JDRF research has shown that nearly half of all parents have been made to feel that their child’s disease was their fault
It is a lifelong disease – people don’t grow out of it.
* In Daire’s instance, insluin is delivered twice a day.
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