Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 23, 2017

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SPEAKER: Some common myths can make type 1 diabetes seem more confusing than it is. Let's clear things up with the truth. Only children get type 1 diabetes, right? No. You can get it at any age, but mostly kids and young adults are diagnosed with it.

Does eating too many sweets cause it? No. Something out of your control triggers the disease. Experts aren't sure why, but your immune system mistakenly stops your pancreas from making insulin. And insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar.

Can I take diabetes pills for my type 1? No. Pills help treat type 2 diabetes. The medicine you need to stay healthy is insulin. And you can't take it by mouth. Instead, you use insulin shots, pens, inhalation powder, or a pump throughout the day. With practice, it becomes part of your daily routine.