Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes

WHAT IS Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, caused by the immune system attacking the pancreas and destroying the insulin making cells. As a result, the body cannot use the glucose as energy, which significantly increases the blood glucose levels in the body.

Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but commonly occurs in childhood and adolescence. Some common symptoms include excessive thirst, dehydration, weight loss, passing more urine, blurred vision, and fatigue. There is no known cause or cure for Type 1 diabetes. However, if not diagnosed properly or poorly managed complications can occur.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your Type 1 diabetes. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your blood glucose levels, diet history, and insulin medications. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Type 1 Diabetes – Diabetes Australia
Type 1 - National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) 

REFERENCES

Crowe, T., Smith, D., Walsh, A., Whitney, E. & Rolfes, S. (2014). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders.