Type 1 Diabetes in Young Adults


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The four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are easy to remember:

  • Thirst: Excess drinking, unable to quench thirst.
  • Toilet: Frequent urination, particularly at night.
  • Tiredness: Lack of energy, sleeping more than usual.
  • Weight loss: Rapid weight loss over a short period.

What is Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition affecting 1 in 500 children with onset over days or weeks. The condition tends to occur in childhood or early adult life and will require daily insulin therapy. It is caused by the body’s own immune system destroying the insulin-making cells (beta-cells) of the pancreas.


Read about an ambassador of ours, Conor Heelon, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at college. READ HERE

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Conor & friends enjoying a raft jump over the Irish Parachute Club_Photo Credit Mike Barret



Managing Type 1 Diabetes at College