Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease which destroys the body's ability to produce insulin. This results in an inability to regulate the body's blood-glucose levels, resulting in an array of complications. As of today, there is no known cure. Patients must manage glucose levels through diet, exercise, and the proper insulin dosage via injection or insulin pump. It is a costly, stressful, and potentially life-threatening disease.
Some quick facts:
- Approximately 1.25MM Americans live with T1D, of which 200,000 are under the age of 20.
- 40,000 new cases of T1D are diagnosed each year.
- Between 2001 and 2009 there was a 21% increase in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20.
- 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth
- $14B T1D-associated annual healthcare costs in the U.S.
- Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S. are achieving target blood glucose control levels.
- T1D is associated with an estimated loss of life-expectancy of up to 13 years.
- You can find additional facts at the official JDRF website
Some sysptoms/warning signs of Type 1 Diabetes:
- Excessive Urination
- Vision Impairment
- Excessive Thirst
- Weight Loss