In type 1 diabetes the pancreas fails to produce insulin and insulin injections are required for life.
The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown but it is thought to be an auto-immune process.
In effect the body produces antibodies to the pancreas, damaging it and preventing it producing insulin.
Type 1 diabetes only affects about 10% of all people with diabetes and it usually starts below the age of 40.
Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. There are many different types of insulin delivery mechanisms and your healthcare professional will help to decide the right mechanism for you. If you are on insulin you should discuss the most appropriate one for you with your care team.
The above is an extract from the DRWF Patient Information Leaflet What is Diabetes? V7.0, published August 2018 (reviewed within an 18 month period).