Today is Type 1 Diabetes Alert Day

Monday April 14th is Type 1 Diabetes Alert Day. My family’s life has forever been changed by Type 1 Diabetes because my teenaged son has had it for a little over 4 years. I realize that many people don’t know exactly what Type 1 Diabetes is, and how it differs from it’s more common cousin Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes Alert Day is a day where we can all learn exactly what Type 1 diabetes IS and ISN’T.

Some facts about Type 1 Diabetes:
* Type 1 Diabetes can strike at any age, it doesn’t only target children, though it is more common to get Type 1 Diabetes as a child.
* Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease much like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis. The body has attacked itself, in this case, the pancreas has attacked the cells that make insulin.
* People with Type 1 Diabetes are completely dependent on insulin every day to stay alive.
* There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
* You cannot outgrow it.
* It cannot be cured by diet or exercise (or with cinnamon, fish oil, foil hats or any other “cure”)
* you do not get it by having a bad diet, or by eating too many sweets.
* Type 1 diabetes is no worse or more severe than Type 2. It is simply different.
* People with Type 1 diabetes are not prohibited from eating sweets. They simply must eat a balanced diet like everyone else, and take insulin for the carbohydrates they eat so that it goes into their cells for energy.
*Type 1 Diabetes is a 24/7 disease. It never sleeps and never takes a break. It must be figured into every moment of every day.

Type 1 Diabetes isn’t:
* Type 1 Diabetes isn’t caused by something we did or didn’t do to ourselves or our children.
* Type 1 Diabetes isn’t contagious.
* Type 1 Diabetes isn’t a death sentence.
* Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t prevent us or our children from doing everything possible in life.

Please share this information with as many people as you can. The misconceptions about Type 1 Diabetes are endless and the entire Type 1 Diabetes community is taking this opportunity to put an end to these misconceptions. Through the greater awareness of the truth about Type 1 Diabetes we hope to advance people and organizations who are dedicated to finding a cure.

For more information on Type 1 Diabetes and research towards a cure, please visit:

www.jdrf.org

ALSO – please go to this link and sign up to be sure the special funding to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes continues.  This is VERY important for a cure!

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