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Type 1 Diabetes Research

People who live with type 1 diabetes must monitor and maintain their own blood glucose levels through a combination of insulin, diet and exercise. Keeping blood glucose levels within a normal range is very important because poor glucose control is associated with an increased risk of serious complications including damage to blood vessels (vascular complications) which may lead to eye, heart and kidney disease.

Type 1 Diabetes Research Focuses on Four Main Areas:

  • Understanding the attack of the body's own immune system that causes type 1 diabetes, and mechanisms that might prevent the attack;
  • Repair and creation of insulin-producing cells (to restore the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose);
  • New technologies and medications to help patients regulate blood glucose levels, evaluated through clinical trials;
  • Prevention and reversal of diabetes complications through eye, kidney and vascular cell biology research.

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Page last updated: October 24, 2014