Correct Answer: C. There are 2 main types of diabetes. Type 1 (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas suddenly stops making insulin. T1D requires daily injections of insulin through a needle or insulin pump. Type 2 is a metabolic disease where you cannot use insulin properly or you do not make enough. Type 2 can sometimes be controlled with diet and exercise.
Correct Answer: C. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas. When you eat, your food is turned into glucose in your body where it enters the blood stream and floats around until your cells need energy. Insulin is the key that unlocks the cells and allows glucose to give you energy.
Correct Answer: A. Your pancreas is the organ responsible for making insulin. It is shaped like a crescent and is right behind your stomach.
Correct Answer: B. No! Diabetes isn’t contagious. You cannot catch it. People with T1D are safe to play with and to be friends with. They can do everything you can do, just with a little more work.
Correct Answer: C. A meter (or glucometer) is a machine that measures blood sugar. A person with T1D has to prick his finger and place a drop of blood on the machine. The meter then gives a blood glucose reading. Normal blood sugar ranges from 80-120.
Correct Answer: B. If a person’s blood sugar is too low, he has the risk of passing out. To avoid that, he must eat or drink a food that is high in sugar, like orange juice or gummies, to bring it up and to feel healthy again.
Correct Answer: B. No, there is no cure for T1D. People with T1D face a lifetime of shots, finger pricks, and health complications. JDRF is working with researchers to find a cure and to provide better treatments for those living with this disease.
Correct Answer: D. All of the above. Thank you for being a kid helping other kids. Don’t forget to spread the word!