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JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is the leading global organization funding Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, is commemorating National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) for 2019 by raising awareness of the urgent need to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.
JDRF has changed the way people live with T1D and this year, and to commemorate NDAM for 2019, are launching a new campaign titled T1D Champions: All Day. Every Day. The theme celebrates the small, everyday wins in the lives of people in the T1D community, in addition to the big wins.
T1D has symptoms that aren’t visible, and it requires constant management and treatment. Because of this, JDRF is raising awareness of the obstacles and risks that the T1D community overcome everyday by sharing stories on how innovation helps people living with T1D to manage their lives and supports them to be champions.
T1D is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that can strike children and adults at any age. It requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels—even overnight—to avoid potentially lethal highs and lows in blood sugar, as well as other devastating complications like kidney, eye and nerve diseases.
While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset is sudden and is not related to diet or lifestyle. In T1D, the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, meaning the body produces little to no insulin to regulate blood sugar and get energy from food.
To learn more about T1D and JDRF’s commitment to a cure, please visit JDRF.org/NewJerseyMetro/