Community Health & Wellness Institute

Type 1 diabetes

Supporting you and your diagnosis

Type 1 diabetes only affects 5 percent of all people who have diabetes. It is usually diagnosed in children, adolescents, and young adults but can occur at any age. In people with type 1 diabetes the immune system destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. It is critical that patients with type 1 diabetes receive insulin to prevent life threatening complications.

Symptoms for type 1 diabetes are often subtle but can become severe and include:

  • Heavy thirst
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision
  • Heavy or labored breathing
  • Frequent infections of the skin, urinary tract or vagina

At Novant Health, we provide you with the knowledge and options you need to live a healthy life with your diabetes. Treatments for type 1 diabetes include:

  • Taking insulin
  • Carbohydrate, fat and protein intake monitoring
  • Frequent blood sugar monitoring
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight

If you feel like you or your loved one have these symptoms, your Novant Health provider can help determine if you have type 1 diabetes through blood sugar tests. If you have already been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, contact a Novant Health diabetes service location near you for more information on treatments and diabetes management.