Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Type 1 diabetes usually starts in childhood or adolescence and runs in families.
About 1 in 700 children in Australia has type 1 diabetes, a metabolic condition that usually starts in childhood or adolescence and runs in families.
High blood glucose levels can cause a range of different symptoms, and — over time — can cause complications, if diabetes isn’t monitored and managed.
Type 1 diabetes can be successfully managed using insulin and lifestyle measures.
The more you know about your condition, the better. Find out more about:
- what causes type 1 diabetes,
- symptoms of type 1 diabetes
- complications of type 1 diabetes
- how type 1 diabetes is diagnosed and monitored
- who can help.
To find out more about other types of diabetes, read our information on type 2 diabetes, which affects about 1 million Australians of all ages, and gestational diabetes, which only affects pregnant women.