Impacts of living with type 1 diabetes

Impacts of living with

Type 1 diabetes complications

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong autoimmune disease that stops the body producing insulin, which is a vital component for life. When we talk about it, instead of saying someone “has” type 1 diabetes, we say they are living with type 1 diabetes. This is because type 1 diabetes has an impact on virtually every part of someone’s life. Some days are better than others – but there is never a day off. Type 1 diabetes is with people every waking (and sleeping) moment of their lives. As our numbers show, this impact can be deep and long-lasting.

On average, for every 100 people living with type 1 diabetes…

95 will develop eye damage.

50 will develop nervous system damage.

40 will develop kidney disease.

25 will be diagnosed with a second autoimmune disease.


People with T1D are also at higher risk, in comparison to the general public of…

Complications with pregnancy.

10-times higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

4.5 times more likely to die young.

A lower life expectancy (12 years).

While these numbers may be challenging and confronting, they are a stark reminder of why we strive to create a world without type 1 diabetes.

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