Frequently Asked Questions about Type 1 Diabetes

Will Caylin ever outgrow diabetes?

No, not unless a cure is found, which is why we’re raising money to help find a cure for type 1 and to help make the lives of children who have type 1 a bit easier.

What’s the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. It requires multiple daily injections of insulin or infusion of insulin through a pump to survive. There is no cure for type 1.

Type 2 is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body produces insulin, but is unable to use it effectively. It does not always require insulin injections and can often be controlled through diet and exercise.

What causes type 1 diabetes?

The causes are not entirely understood, but scientists believe both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

What are the warning signs of type 1 diabetes?

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden weight loss for no reason
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Fatigue
  • Fruity odor on breath
If your child exhibits some of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Too many children have died as the result of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. As is the case with most diseases, early detection is key.

Can adults get type 1 diabetes?

Yes, while the disease usually strikes in childhood, it can be diagnosed in adults, too.

What kinds of complications does diabetes cause?

Diabetes does damage. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness and non-traumatic amputations. In addition, it can cause strokes, heart attacks and nerve damage.
Life expectancy for people with diabetes is shortened by an average of 7-10 years.

What does a cure look like?

The possibilities include:
  • Creation of auto-immune drugs used to stop the destruction of insulin-producing cells
  • Replacement of insulin-producing cells by transplantation
  • Regeneration of insulin-producing cells with a drug
  • Prevention or immunology by taking a drug

Scientists have stated that type 1 diabetes will be the first chronic illness to be cured in our lifetime.