It’s Time to Find a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Typically diagnosed in children and young adults, Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile diabetes. This autoimmune disease develops when the immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This results in a person’s pancreas being unable to make insulin.
Insulin is a critical hormone for our bodies because it gets the simple sugar known as glucose into our cells to create energy. When glucose is unable to be converted into energy, too much remains in the bloodstream. Over time, the elevated glucose levels will wreak havoc on a person’s body, causing serious problems with the heart, kidney, nerves, and eyes.
Unfortunately, because the root cause of type 1 diabetes is still unknown, doctors are only able to treat the symptoms of the disease, rather than the disease itself. With November being American Diabetes Month, there has never been a better time than now to change this.
During this month-long campaign, not only is it a time to raise awareness of diabetes and the effects it has on millions across the nation, it is also the perfect opportunity to support critical research towards a cure.
For example, scientists at Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes are working fervently to understand the mechanics and triggers of type 1 diabetes. Once they have a clear picture of what causes the destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, they will be able to better develop new treatments, and even a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Funding is essential for the success of their research, which analyzes blood samples from family members of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™ through GreaterGood, you can help pay for essential laboratory supplies required for the Max McGee Research Center’s studies. Click here to contribute towards ground-breaking research into the underlying causes of type 1 diabetes and an eventual cure for this chronic disease.