Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening condition, and it can be especially dangerous to women. The silver lining? Women who understand the disease, commit to treatment and advocate for themselves can still lead a happy, productive life.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes, also referred to as juvenile or insulin dependent diabetes, is caused when the body’s own immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin producing cells—called islet cells—in the pancreas. It’s labeled “type 1” to differentiate it from “type 2,” which is a completely different disease. Unlike type 2, type 1 diabetes is chronic, lifelong and must be treated in order to survive.