Previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes
, type 1 develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that regulates blood sugar.
It may be especially useful for patients with juvenile-onset diabetes
, who must begin injecting insulin as pre-teens.
Type I is also called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and juvenile-onset diabetes
The type of diabetes that was known as Type I, juvenile-onset diabetes
, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) is now type 1 diabetes.
Officials said the first type, formerly referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes
because it occurs most often in children and young adults, causes the pancreas to stop making insulin or makes only a small amount.