The Juvenile Diabetes Association is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. It’s number one mission is to support research to find a cure for diabetes.
Juvenile diabetes is a condition that develops when the body’s immune system begins attacking and destroying certain cells in the pancreas. The basic problem with this form of diabetes is that the glucose in the person’s body begins to build up in the blood rather than making its way to the different cells in the body that need it. In turn this can end up causing serious damage to all of the organ systems in the body.
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The Juvenile Diabetes Association was founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes. It is now recognized as one of the most successful foundations in pushing its agenda to the forefront of peoples awareness.
Their organization has been instrumental in helping to alert the public about the link between obesity in children and type 2 diabetes. They’ve also been at the forefront of funding efforts to test the use of glucose monitoring in adults as a means of helping them to get their diabetes under control. Largely because of this, many adults actually have brought their type 2 diabetes under control.
The Juvenile Diabetes Association is not only instrumental is setting the public discussion of diabetes in the U.S. The are a powerful force worldwide. Typically over 80% of it’s expenditures go directly towards supporting research for diabetes related efforts across the world. They are active in over 20 countries and directly fund over 1,000 diabetes research centers.
One of the ways that they bring diabetes issues to the attention of lawmakers is their “Children’s Congress” program. This is a program, help only in odd number years, where they bring more than 150 children with type 1 diabetes, along with their families to Washington, D.C. where they meet directly with members of Congress and other national agenda setting leaders. The children represent all 50 states. This program is very effective not only in getting the attention of members of congress but also in getting the attention of the press and helping to keep the issues of diabetes in the national consciousness.
Treatment is obviously one of the most important aspects in any discussion of juvenile diabetes. The treatment that your doctor will deem as most appropriate for you will depend on a few different factors. This includes your age, overall health, expectations for the course of the disease and your own personal opinion or preference. Behind and in front of the scenes, the Juvenile Diabetes Association is one of the primary groups helping to develop these treatments that your doctor may one day be prescribing for you.
The Juvenile Diabetes Association is constantly working to improve the lives of millions of diabetic sufferers. You can help their efforts by making a contribution today.