Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. We do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented.
Type 1 diabetes: – Occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin – Represents around 10% of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions – Onset is usually abrupt and the symptoms obvious – Symptoms can include excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and fatigue and blurred vision – Is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump.
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JDRF has led the search for a cure for T1D since our founding in 1970. In those days, people commonly called the disease juvenile diabetes because it was frequently diagnosed in, and strongly associated with, young children. Our organization began as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Later, to emphasize exactly how we planned to end the disease, we added a word and became the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.Today, we know an equal number of children and adults are diagnosed every dayapproximately 110 people per day. Thanks to better therapieswhich JDRF funding has been instrumental in developing and making available people with T1D live longer and stay healthier while they await the cure.
Alfred F. Gerriets JDRF Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter donor hope initiative You’re the reason for our success. Every dollar we put toward research comes from donations. So when you support JDRF with your time, talent, voice and, yes, your money, you enable us to advance even more research. There are many ways to join the JDRF family, but for 45 years there has been only one reason because we are the organization that will turn Type One into Type None.
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