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Raising Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

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Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Often times, this diagnosis is not made until the person has been hospitalized with a condition such a diabetic ketoacidosis (in which toxic by-products of fat metabolism known as ketones build up in the blood).

That’s why the charity Diabetes UK and the JDRF have launched a campaign to spread awareness of the symptoms of Type 1. Before World Diabetes Day on November 14, they hope to reach one million viewers with a video that describes the symptoms in straightforward terms and includes interviews with families whose children have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

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Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, notes that “If a child is showing any of these symptoms, it’s vital that they get medical attention immediately: even waiting 24 hours can be dangerous. A simple finger prick blood glucose test can diagnose Type 1 diabetes instantly; early diagnosis can prevent a child from becoming very ill, and even save their life.”

To watch the video, click here.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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