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What causes Type 1 diabetes? More copy

We don’t know exactly what causes Type 1 diabetes. But we do know it’s not caused by your lifestyle – it’s an autoimmune condition. This means that your body attacks and destroys the cells that make insulin, so the body stops making it. We need insulin to help move glucose out of our blood and into our cells, so we can use it for energy. Without insulin, blood glucose levels get too high. That’s why everyone with Type 1 diabetes uses insulin to treat their diabetes.

 

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In people who don’t have diabetes, the pancreas makes a normal amount of insulin.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, the body stops making insulin.
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Insulin acts like a key, helping move glucose into our cells. In Type 1 diabetes, there is no key.
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Without insulin, the level of glucose in the blood gets too high.
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In people who don’t have diabetes, the pancreas makes a normal amount of insulin.
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