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Type 1 diabetes just happens. It strikes suddenly and makes them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life! Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
In order to live, my nephew must take multiple insulin injections daily. Before every meal and snack he must test his blood sugar by pricking his finger, often six or more times per day.
Every year more than 15,000 are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S.
That means 40 children and the lives of their families will dramatically change today.
Signs to watch for include: extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness or lethargy, increased appetite, sudden weight loss for no reason, sudden vision changes, sugar in urine, fruity odor on breath, heavy or labored breathing, stupor or unconsciousness.
These symptoms, most likely, will occur suddenly.
Find out how you can get involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by clicking here.
- I'm a 41 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.