DID YOU KNOW? Over 130,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and is more common than cancer and cystic fibrosis.
DID YOU KNOW? People with Type 1 diabetes face many serious long term health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease, and without daily insulin injections people with Type 1 diabetes would die.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of Type 1 diabetes is estimated to be $600m per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 275 people a day are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 1 million Australians have Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of diabetes is nearly $7billion per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 60% of people with Type 2 diabetes can overcome it with fitness and healthy lifestyle.
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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, it is believed that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

It is a lifelong disease, currently without a cure.

An excellent report on Diabetes (both Type 1 and 2) can be found here.


Type 1 Diabetes Facts

  • Type 1 Diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease.
  • Over 130,000 Australians have type 1 diabetes (and rising).
  • Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and occurs more frequently than cancer, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
  • As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes.
  • Worldwide it is estimated that over 20 million people have type 1 diabetes.
  • Approximately 2,000 Australians are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year.
  • Most newly diagnosed cases are in people less than 15 years old.
    • Incidence is increasing at 3.2% a year.
    • In Australia, around 95% of the diabetes found in children is type 1 diabetes.

There is currently no known cure

The disease has major complications which have a serious impact on quality of life including:

  • eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy
  • nerve damage, such as diabetic neuropathy
  • kidney disease, such as diabetic nephropathy
  • heart disease and stroke, such as cardiovascular disease
  • depression – much higher incidence in Type 1 diabetics
  • If it is not managed rigorously there is a 10 to 15 years reduced life expectancy depending on development of complications

The costs to the public health system and economy are considerable, and a 2012 report estimated the cost at  nearly $600m per annum in Australia alone.

What is it Like to Have Type 1 Diabetes?

Ask people who have type 1 diabetes, and they will tell you: It's difficult. It's upsetting. It's life-threatening. It never goes away. Its 24/7.

"Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dieticians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive." - JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore.

For full details on type 1 diabetes including current research efforts go to www.jdrf.org.au.

There are twenty million people worldwide suffering from Type 1 diabetes, for which there is currently no cure - only ways to manage the symptoms.

Katie Goodhart is nine-years-old. Not one day since she was one has this little girl been able to drop her guard against a disease that can kill her in her sleep - Type 1 diabetes. Read More.