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Type 1 diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes, looking after your diabetes is important for good health. If you or someone you know has type 1 diabetes, read this page to understand what it is and how to manage it.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot make insulin. This happens because the body’s immune system destroys the beta cells in the pancreas. It is the beta cells that make insulin. This results in too much glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream.

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known. Currently, nothing can be done to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes, but researchers are working on this. If type 1 diabetes is managed well, you can continue to lead a healthy life.

Type 1 Diabetes and Me

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Check our range of resources to help with your diabetes journey

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Moving into adulthood

As you get older you become more independent in managing your diabetes.

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I am planning pregnancy

Everything you need to know when planning a pregnancy if you have type 1 diabetes.

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I am getting older

Get the support and information you need to help you age well with diabetes.

More information and support

Find a diabetes educator near you

Go to Australian Diabetes Educators Association to find a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) on their website.

Go to Australian Diabetes Educators Association
Find a dietitian near you

Call Dietitians Australia on 1800 812 942 or you can find an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) on their website.

Go to Dietitians Australia
Find a health service or health professional near you

Go to healthdirect to find a diabetes health service or diabetes health professional on their website.

Go to Healthdirect
Find a pharmacy near you

Go to healthdirect to find a community pharmacy on their website.

Go to Healthdirect

Free access to diabetes programs

Learn to manage your diabetes confidently with diabetes programs, available face-to-face and online. Register for a diabetes program with MyNDSS.

Carb counting

Available anywhere, anytime. These short modules will teach you how to recognise and count carbohydrates (carbs), to help in managing your diabetes.

Starting out with type 1 diabetes

This live webinar is for people who have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Starting out with type 1 diabetes (parents, support people)

This webinar is for parents, carers and families of newly diagnosed children with type 1 diabetes.

Ready set go, let’s move

Available anywhere, anytime. In these short modules, you will build an individualised exercise plan to help you become more active.

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This interactive online program provides comprehensive diabetes education for adults living with type 1 diabetes.

On-demand webinars

We have a range of on-demand webinars available to watch at anytime from anywhere.

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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