Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications.
T1D cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
People living with T1D and their families are quickly forced to adapt to a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar level testing and insulin injections to manage the disease and stay alive. They must pay careful attention to diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and other factors that can upset the balance between dangerous blood sugar lows and highs. Despite careful management, the risks of long-term, life-threatening complications such as blindness, nerve damage, high blood pressure, stroke, and organ damage are a constant threat to those living with T1D.
The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes raises funds that are critical to T1D research. JDRF's strategic research plan focuses on lessening the impact of T1D on people’s lives with new therapies until a cure can be delivered.