Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people and cannot be prevented or cured — yet. People with T1D stop producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Managing the disease is a constant struggle that involves monitoring your blood-sugar level, administering insulin, and carefully balancing these insulin doses with eating and activity. Even with a strict regimen, people with T1D may still experience dangerously high or low blood-glucose levels that can, in extreme cases, be life threatening.
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Some 1.45 million Americans are living with T1D, including about 200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and more than 1 million adults (20 years old and older).
42,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth.
Between 2001 and 2009, there was a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.
In the U.S., there are $16 billion in T1D-associated healthcare expenditures and lost income annually.
Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are consistently achieving target blood-glucose control levels.
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