Skip main navigation

What happens when insulin production ceases?

Describes type 1 diabetes
Insulin production ceases and Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is no longer able to produce insulin because of autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic cells that produce it.

It can occur at any age, but usually develops before the age of 40, often during teenage years.

Did you know? Someone who has type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for life and in order to reduce their risk of developing complications*, must ensure that their blood glucose levels are as good as possible by balancing their insulin doses, diet and activity, as well as carrying out regular blood testing. *Complications is an overarching term used to summarise the wide reaching damaging effects of persistently high blood glucose levels, over a period of several months to several years, across the body’

In the next section, you will be introduced to our patient Carlos who is one of our two case studies on this course and is an example of someone diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Picture of Carlos as a young adult

© University of Southampton
This article is from the free online

Understanding Insulin

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now