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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that enables cells to absorb and then use or store glucose (blood sugar), the body’s key energy source. In the absence of insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream, where it can damage the vessels and eventually cause problems such as heart disease, kidney disease and blindness.

Type 1 diabetes most often develops in children or young adults, but it can occur at any age. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the condition accounts for about five percent of diabetes cases. The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown, but research shows it may be an autoimmune disorder, where the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that is managed with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. We use our expertise to help you maintain the best possible control of Type 1 diabetes with the goal of preventing short- and long-term health problems. Our team of diabetes healthcare professionals provides individualized care tailored to your specific needs.

Our certified diabetes educators assist you in choosing a healthy lifestyle and recommend a personalized treatment plan for you. We provide the highest level of diabetes education so that you know how to succeed at managing this condition. We empower you to participate fully in your care and make decisions that are right for you.

Managing a chronic illness can be stressful at times. Counseling and psychological services are available as part of our comprehensive approach to care.

Our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine allows us to maintain the highest level of expertise and use the most up-to-date technology in managing your Type 1 diabetes. We have access to the latest findings in diabetes care and conduct scientific research to identify effective new treatment strategies. Our objective is to help you achieve excellent control of Type 1 diabetes so that you can lead an active and healthy life.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Information

Our team of healthcare professionals works with you to develop a personalized Type 1 diabetes care plan. Treatment often includes:


Type 1 Diabetes Locations & Physicians

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Type 1 Diabetes Support Services

Understanding Type 1 diabetes is key to controlling it. Learn more with these resources: