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Type 1 Diabetes

Twenty-four million people in the US have diabetes, and about 10% of those cases are type 1. Type 1 diabetes, which is often diagnosed in children or young adults, is treated with insulin. Unlike type 2, which is much more common, type 1 diabetes is unrelated to diet or exercise habits. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an abnormal immune reaction that destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.

Type 1 Diabetes News

  • A Deadly Form of Diabetes That Doctors Sometimes Miss

    Addie Parker was a happy 4-year-old who appeared to have the flu. But within hours she was in a coma. Tragically, her parents weren’t familiar with the signs of type 1 diabetes — extreme fatigue, thirst and sweet-smelling breath, among others — in time to save their little girl. Soon after she was diagnosed, Addie’s brain hemorrhaged. She died six days later, about a month shy of her fifth birthday.

  • Stem Cell Therapy Cures Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

    Using an immune-suppressing medication and adult stem cells from healthy donors, researchers say they were able to cure type 1 diabetes in mice. “This is a whole new concept,” said the study’s senior author, Habib Zaghouani, a professor of microbiology and immunology, child health and neurology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo.

  • Lucky Dogs Get Shot at Diabetes Cure

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) — In news that might one day help humans who struggle with type 1 diabetes every day, Spanish researchers report that a single session of gene therapy injections cured five beagle puppies who had the blood sugar disease. Even four years later, the dogs showed no signs [...]

  • Type 1 Diabetes Up 70 Percent in Kids, Study Finds

    Researchers have documented a startling rise in the rate of type 1 diabetes in one city: Diagnoses in kids younger than 5 jumped by 70 percent between 1985 and 2004 in Philadelphia.

  • Managing Type 1 Diabetes Can Stress Teens

    Teens with type 1 diabetes may need help as they begin taking more responsibility for monitoring their blood glucose levels and administering insulin, a new study suggests.

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