At a glance
- As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
- Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That’s 40 children per day.
- 22% of hospital impatient days in the U.S. were incurred by people with diabetes in 2007.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
While the causes of this process are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
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