Type 1 Diabetes

Hashtag shack factsDo you know someone with Type 1 Diabetes? Here is some information you should know.

Type 1 Diabetes FACTS

  • Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults
  • Only 5% of people with diabetes have Type 1
  • In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which is a hormone that helps with the transportation of glucose into the bloodstream
  • People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve damage and gum disease


  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss even though you are eating more


Treatment can vary due to the many comorbidities that come from diabetes, but a proper diet and exercise overseen by a doctor can help control blood glucose levels and prevent complications in the future.

It is necessary for most Type 1 diabetics to inject insulin into their bodies. This is the most vital part of treatment.

Why spread awareness on Type 1 Diabetes?

Personally, my father has been fighting this disease for 41 years. I have seen many of his ups and downs, and it always hurts to see his struggle. I am spreading awareness in order to get more people interested and involved to try to eradicate this harmful disease. Type 1 diabetes is harming the lives of millions, and it is time that the work be done to get rid of this disease forever.

—Justin Banks

Source: American Diabetes Association