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On March 15, 2010 Alexandra Jaya Khilnani was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes. She will be insulin dependent for the rest of her life. Living with Type 1 Diabetes is a constant challenge. People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, people with T1D still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood sugar levels. Both of which can be life-threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.
While insulin injections or the use of a pump allow a person with Type 1 Diabetes to stay alive, it does not cure the disease. It does not necessarily prevent the possibility of the disease's serious effects, which may include: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.
Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.
It is a 24/7/365 job. We never get to relax and forget about food, if we've exercised too much or too little, insulin injections, blood sugar testing, or the impact of stress, sicknesses, a sunburn, and on and on.
Alexandra has been lucky, she has only been to the ER/Admitted (for 3 days) once this year due to her diabetes. Many others require multiple hospital visits and longer stays. Alexandra has a family who does most of the work for her and soon she will take over as she growa. Currently she takes her own blood suagr and giving herself insulin through the pump with assistance. A pump is a small device that gives insulin through a tube into a catheter that lies just under the skin. The pump makes giving insulin to Alexandra easier and she can eat several times a day without needle injections.
JDRF funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure. There are a couple very exciting developments that I would like to share. First, the artificial pancreas is in real world testing. A man is actually wearing it and it gives insulin when his blood sugar is going high and glugagon when his blood sugar is going low. He also ate a large fast food meal and his blood sugar didn't go above 150. This is amazing!! Lexi would have been in the high 300's. For more info goto http://jdrf.org/research/treat/artificial-pancreas-project/. Secondly, researchers are trying Beta Cells Regeneration Therapy. Reasearchers have already injected a pancreas in diabetic mice with the Beta Cells Regeneration Therapy and their pancreas started to produce insulin again. Very hopefull. More info can be found at http://jdrf.org/research/cure/regeneration/. Information is constantly changing so research strategies can be found using the following link: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=100686.
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