Fun Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Many famous people have type 1 diabetes, including: Jay Cutler, Billie Jean King, Ron Santo, Halle Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, and Nick Jonas.
  2. With consistent and regular control over your blood sugar, you can avoid many of the short- and long-term complications that are associated with type 1 diabetes.
  3. Research has been found that more cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in northern climates, leading researchers to suggest that environmental triggers play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes. Specifically, viral infections (which happen more often in colder northern climates where people are in close proximity) may trigger type 1.
  4. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, the other percentage have type 2 diabetes.
  5. Diabetes does not limit you from achieving your goals in life. You can do anything you set your mind to!
  6. There are Diabetes camps for youth and high schoolers with type 1 diabetes to meet other diabetics, learn more about diabetes, and participate in so many cool activities. Activities include but are not limited to horse back riding, swimming, zip-lining, off road biking, team challenge courses, paint ball, campfire, and so much more! (If you are in search of a camp, check out No Limits Diabetes)
  7. Taking insulin keeps type 1 diabetics alive, but does not cure diabetes. While progress towards a cure has been substantial, there is still no cure for diabetes.
  8. Limiting sweets will help people with type 1 diabetes keep their blood sugar under control, but, with advice from their doctor or dietician, sweets can fit into meal plans, just as they would for people without diabetes. (Also Diabetics do not like to be told NOT to eat something!)

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