Type 1 Diabetes



Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when insulin-producing beta cells within the pancreas are gradually destroyed and eventually fail to produce insulin. Type 1 accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed diabetes, and is increasing globally by about 3% each year. While it is most often diagnosed in children and teens, it is becoming increasingly common for adults to be diagnosed later in life. Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in adulthood may be a form of slowly-progressing diabetes called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), or type 1.5 diabetes.