Juvenile Diabetes and How We Can Help
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What is Juvenile Diabetes?
Juvenile diabetes (also known as type 1 diabetes) is believed to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose (sugar) builds up in the bloodstream instead of being delivered to the body’s cells to be used as energy.
Juvenile diabetes is a lifelong disease for which there is currently no cure. Without daily, lifelong treatment to control blood sugar, juvenile diabetes can be fatal. Even with treatment and careful monitoring, serious (and sometimes life-threatening) complications can arise. Some of these complications include: vision problems or blindness, nerve damage, increased risk of infections, damage to the blood vessels resulting in poor blood circulation to the legs and feet, difficulty controlling cholesterol and blood pressure, and kidney damage.
It is important to understand that juvenile diabetes does not only occur in children. It can occur suddenly at any age, although it is usually diagnosed in children, teens and young adults. Juvenile diabetes can also run in families. If a person’s parent or sibling has type 1 diabetes, there is a higher risk of that person developing the disease as well.
What are the Symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes?
The first signs of diabetes are usually due to high blood sugar. Some of these symptoms include:
• Extreme thirst
• Extreme hunger
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Numbness and/or tingling in feet
• Unexplained weight loss
More serious symptoms of extremely high blood sugar (diabetic ketoacidosis) may include:
• Rapid breathing
• Dry skin and mouth
• Flushed face
• Fruity breath odor
• Nausea or vomiting
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, please consult a doctor as soon as possible. Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
How is Juvenile Diabetes Treated?
Once the diagnosis is made, insulin treatment begins right away. Some people may need to stay in the hospital for a few days in order to get their blood sugar under control and they (or their parents) are able to monitor their blood sugar and administer insulin. Insulin is administered through the skin using a syringe, insulin pen, or pump.
Diet and exercise also play an important part in the treatment of juvenile diabetes. Eating a well-balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise will help control the amount of sugar in the blood and can help in preventing some complications of the disease.
Did You Know?
Some famous people living with Juvenile diabetes include:
• Brett Michaels, Musician
• Halle Berry, Actress
• Mary Tyler Moore, Actress
• Tommy Lee, Musician
• Nick Jonas, Musician
• Anne Rice, Novelist
How You Can Help
Korman Residential Properties is a proud supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF’s research grants enable scientists to continually look for ways to better treat, prevent, and cure juvenile diabetes. JDRF’s goal is to “progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people’s lives until we achieve a world without type 1 diabetes”.
JDRF makes it easy to help. Whether you want to make a one-time donation or get involved in a community fundraising event, such as the Walk to Cure Diabetes or Ride to Cure Diabetes, there are a lot of ways to help make a difference in the lives of the millions of people living with juvenile diabetes today.