November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s our chance to show our community what it truly means to live with diabetes.
For those who live with diabetes, it impacts every aspect of their life, from what they’ll eat, to their daily activities, and how they sleep.
All month long, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute will be highlighting our youth who are impacted by diabetes. Join us as we start the conversation and ask our youth: As a person living with diabetes, what do you wish others knew about you?
“I wish others knew how exhausting type 1 diabetes is, when you have to stay up with your blood sugar most nights, and even multiple times throughout the night. It takes so much energy and is so tiring to always be looking after yourself, always checking your blood sugar.”
– Eliana, age 17
Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive
What is type 2 diabetes?
Though they share the name diabetes, the two diseases are quite different.
How do I know if I am at risk?
What is gestational diabetes?
In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery. But if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes. You’ll continue working with your health care team to monitor and manage your blood sugar.
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute has a variety of educational programs and support for people who are impacted by all forms of diabetes.
Learn how you can get involved today!
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