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The Juvenile Diabetes Crisis

The scourge of juvenile diabetes knows no geographic or socioeconomic boundaries. Every hour of every day, a young child is stricken with “Type 1” or “juvenile” diabetes, the most severe form of this life-limiting and life-shortening disease.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition wherein the pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone necessary to sustain life. Without insulin, blood sugar cannot be used, and the body is starved for energy. To stay alive, a child with diabetes must take multiple doses of insulin a day.

This world-wide epidemic exacts a harsh economic toll on society.
It is estimated that in the USA alone more than $100 billion in health care costs are expended on diabetes care and treatment. Diabetic children anJuvenile Diabetes Crisis Highlightsd their families face an even harsher toll.

Controlling the disease requires 24/7/365 vigilance and a grueling regimen. The diet must be carefully monitored with “carbs” counted at every meal and snack; blood sugar levels must be checked by lancing the fingers six or more times a day; and insulin must be injected more than half a dozen times each day just to stay alive.

Kids don’t outgrow Type 1 diabetes. Their insulin-dependence never ceases. They and their families live by the clock, day and night, for the rest of their lives.

 

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