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Insulin-Dependent Diabetes - My Life Story

There are two main kinds of diabetes. I have insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also called Type I diabetes. It used to be called juvenile diabetes (even though adults get it too). I did not catch diabetes from someone else. Instead, insulin-dependent diabetes is caused by damage to the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ near your stomach. The pancreas contains cells called beta cells. Beta cells have a vital job: they make insulin, a hormone that helps cells take in the glucose they need. Sometimes, the beta cells get wiped out and cannot produce insulin anymore. Without insulin, glucose stays in the blood instead of going into cells. Many things might have killed my beta cells, but in most people with insulin-dependent diabetes, the immune system makes a mistake. Cells that should protect me from germs instead attack my beta cells. The beta cells die. Without beta cells, I cannot make insulin. Glucose built up in my blood, and I got diabetes.

I have had diabetes since I was 22 months old. I take three shots of insulin a day and test my blood three times daily also. I will have to live with this condition until a cure is found. Please, educate yourself about diabetes and how it effects a person, like me. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of many people.

More Information:

Over 16 Million Americans have diabetes, but 5.4 Million remain undiagnosed. Diabetes Awareness Month, which is November, was created as an effort to educate the public about this disease and to inform those with diabetes about the resources available to them. Type II diabetes is a disease that results when the body's cells become resistant to insulin. In Type II diabetes, unlike in Type I, insulin is still produced by the body; it just isn't used correctly. Both diseases result in abnormally high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), which can cause kidney, eye, heart, blood vessel, and other diseases. Symptoms of diabetes include lethargy, extreme thirst and urination, extreme hunger accompanied by rapid loss of weight, and blurry vision. These are all results of the body's inability to transport sugar (energy) from the bloodstream to the body cells. While it was previously assumed that having diabetes was a clear-cut ticket to further disease and complications, it has been shown that good control (keeping blood sugars within recommended levels) through combinations of insulin therapy, diet, exercise, and other medications can help delay the onset of complications. We need to make the American people aware of diabetes. Diabetes affects many Americans, especially the elderly and children. We must find a cure. Help thousands of other Americans in the race for cure.

To find our more about diabetes, research, and information on how to help fine a cure, visit the American Diabetes Association at American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

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