Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which both genetic and environmental factors are involved. This disease occurs when the body attacks its insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. At present, there is no way to halt this disease nor is there a cure. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age and causes a lifetime dependence on external insulin administration.
Living with type 1 diabetes requires constant vigilance. Blood sugars are maintained through blood glucose checks and insulin given by injections or an insulin pump. Technology has been advancing in amazing ways with management tools such as continuous glucose monitors (CGM’s). The Artificial Pancreas Project is underway by JDRF and the future continues to look brighter.
Signs and symptoms of diabetes include but are not limited to: increased urination, increased thirst, weight loss, blurry vision, fruity smelling breath, increased appetite.
According to JDRF, there are as many as 3 million Americans with type 1 diabetes. The rate of diagnosis with this disease is also increasing by 3% a year under the age of 14. Every day 80 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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Check out Jerry the Bear an interactive bear with type 1 diabetes by Sproutel, see the video and order here.
Make a connection and get involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They are the leaders in research and funding for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Check out JDRF Kids Online your child will love to explore this safe and fun website. It is like going to diabetes camp online. Your child can learn about type 1 diabetes, research, connect with a pen pal and much more.
Ask a question about life with diabetes to a panel of volunteers at the Online Diabetes Support Team- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Find out about your local support group.
Make a connection to others living with Type 1 diabetes on JDRF’s online community called TypeOneNation, the leading diabetes forum!
Get a Bag of Hope for your newly diagnosed child with Type 1 diabetes at JDRF.