JDRF Invites you to Participate in National Diabetes Awareness Month!
JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, invites Albany and surrounding communities to join in commemorating National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) this November by raising awareness of type 1 diabetes and the urgent need to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
The JDRF Northeastern New York chapter will be celebrating NDAM, T1Day on November 1, and World Diabetes Day on November 14 by gathering local support for the 1.25 million Americans and their families and caregivers affected by T1D. JDRF encourages you to join in the following promotions throughout the month of November.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. 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. T1D 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.
“Managing T1D and avoiding its dangers are constant and life-long tasks, so it helps to have a strong, supportive and educated community that understands the needs of T1D families,” said Ray Kimmelblatt, JDRF Executive Director, Northeastern New York chapter.“We are thankful to the our community for its support and encouragement during NDAM and every month of the year. With your help, we’re determined to create a world without T1D.”
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