Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but occurs more often in children and young adults. Onset is often acute and many people discover they have diabetes only when their symptoms become so severe that they find themselves in the hospital.
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease which causes insulin deficiency, this leads to an inability to properly regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that enables body cells to use sugar (known as glucose). Without it, glucose cannot get into cells to be used as energy. This leads to a build up of glucose in the blood which can eventually lead to serious complications.
With Type 1, you will need to take insulin injections for the rest of your life. Insulin can be given with insulin pends or an insulin pump. Insulin pumps are now covered by Pharmacare. For more information please visit our FAQ section.
If you have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and would like to learn more about your condition, please ask your family physician to refer you to our clinic using the form below.