Whether you are new to caring for someone with type 1 diabetes or have been newly diagnosed yourself, the pages below contain useful information for understanding, diagnosing and treating type 1 diabetes. The pages also provide tips for living with type 1 diabetes and highlight the variety of support available to you.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar levels. It’s a life-long condition that has a relatively quick onset, and is usually diagnosed in childhood. Your body stops making the insulin that would normally control your blood glucose levels and so you need to take replacement insulin every day using an insulin pen or pump to keep your blood glucose levels within a healthy range.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops very rapidly, usually in childhood. Symptoms can appear suddenly, without warning, so it’s really important to seek medical advice promptly if you notice symptoms in yourself or your children. Diagnostic tests are quick and easy and a confirmed diagnosis will allow you to start treatment before complications develop.
The good news is that if you or your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes there’s a good range of effective medications and convenient delivery devices available, as well as lots of practical and emotional support to help you manage your diabetes control.
At school: for teachers
Help your students with type 1 diabetes get the most out of school life by understanding their condition and the role you can play in helping them to manage it well.
Caring for adults
Adults with type 1 diabetes usually need support from others, especially as they get older or if they have disabilities. The more you know, the more you will be able to help.