|Chrissy Carberry Meenan|
You are not alone! We are here to answer your questions and help you handle the changes diabetes brings to your life.
Being diagnosed with diabetes is never easy. You may feel anger, sadness, guilt, fear ... or all of them at the same time. You may be sort of numb, and not feel much of anything for a while. Remember, whatever your feelings are — or aren't — they are normal, and many of them will pass or change with time. Most important, remember that you are still you and that you are not alone.
Lots to LearnLiving with diabetes is a new challenge, for you and for your family, too. You will have a lot to learn in order to manage your diabetes day to day, and to care for yourself. Your family, friends, teachers, and other people who are close to you will have a lot to learn, too. It can feel overwhelming for all of you at first. This is normal, too. Remembering to take it one day at a time can help. As time goes on, you — and they — will feel more and more confident in your knowledge about the disease and your ability to handle it.
Lots of Hope Keep in mind that the treatments for diabetes are improving all the time, and that even though your life will change, it can still be a full and active life.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's mission is to find a cure for diabetes. We are making amazing progress. But until there is a cure, helping to take care of the needs of people with diabetes, and their families and friends, is every bit as important to us. We want to give you the information and resources you need to keep you as strong, healthy, and confident as possible.
You're probably wondering the same thing. You might be surprised by how much you can do!
Research Funding Facts
JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while we advance toward a cure.
General Diabetes Facts
Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person's body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively.
Type 1 Diabetes Facts
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
- What is Type 1 Diabetes?
- Warning Signs for Type 1 Diabetes
- Checking Blood Sugar Levels
- Type 1 Diabetes Control & Management
- High Blood Sugar: Definition, Symptoms
- What to Do About High Blood Sugar Levels
- Low Blood Sugar: Definition, Symptoms
- What to Do About Low Blood Sugar Levels
- Helping Your Child or Teen Live with Type 1 Diabetes
- Insulin Delivery Methods
- Effects of Exercise, Illness, Stress, and Growth on Blood Sugar Levels
- What is Glucagon?
- Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy
- Frequently Asked Questions