HI: And all three of us happen to have Type 1 diabetes.
JF: Altogether, we probably have more than, uh, decades of experience managing diabetes and researching. So…
JS: Let’s see what some of the internet’s most glaring questions are about Type 1 diabetes. So what does Type 1 diabetes mean? Pretty simply put Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where your body essentially has destroyed the only cells in your body that produce insulin, the hormone that’s required to lower your blood glucose levels.
JF: That’s a good answer. Alright. Can Type 1 diabetes be controlled with diet? That’s a great question. Um, the answer is no. You need insulin. You need insulin to take care of the carbohydrates that you eat. Um, but even if you ate zero carbohydrates, you would still need insulin if you have Type 1 diabetes.
HI: Is Type 1 diabetes preventable? Well, not yet, but we can delay the start of it or the onset of it.
JF: Can Type 1 diabetes affect the ability to exercise? I also love this question. It doesn’t affect your ability at all to exercise. There are lots of professional athletes. Uh, Nick Jonas has Type 1 diabetes and he does a lot of work dancing in his concerts. Um, yeah, yeah.
JF: Sorry, sorry, sorry. I got distracted thinking about Nick Jonas.
JF: Alright, so we’ve looked at, uh, the internet’s most asked questions about Type 1 diabetes.
JS: If you have any more questions, please visit our website and follow IU School of Medicine on social media.
HI: And tweet us!
Find answers to common questions about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes on the Diabetes FAQ page.
Jamie Felton, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and a pediatric endocrinologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Her research is focused on understanding the immune pathogenesis of Type 1 diabetes in order to develop effective therapeutic interventions.
Jason Spaeth, PhD, is a assistant professor of pediatrics. His research is centered on diabetes pathogenesis, with a special emphasis on the cellular mechanisms that are critical for pancreas formation and islet beta cell function.
The views expressed in this content represent the perspective and opinions of the author and may or may not represent the position of Indiana University School of Medicine.
Sara Buckallew works in the Dean's Office of Strategic Communications. As a communications coordinator, Sara supports internal and external communication needs for the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic...