Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: There is nothing harder in the world than watching our children suffer. Can you imagine if your child suffered from diabetes, specifically type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as juvenile diabetes because it is usually diagnosed by the time your child is fourteen. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the place for you to go to. It was founded by parents of children who have been diagnosed with diabetes and want to make a difference in this world.
In order to make a difference, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) knows that they have to make sure that everyone has a clear understanding about diabetes and what it is. There are a lot of misconceptions out there regarding type 1 diabetes.
For starters, taking insulin does not cure diabetes. Most people are under the assumption that taking insulin will cure diabetes is not true. Insulin only helps in the management of the disease. Another myth is that diabetes is caused by obesity and eating too much sugar. Obesity is defiantly a trigger for type 2 diabetes, but not for type 1 which is what the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is for. The myths it also dispels are that kids only get juvenile diabetes. More and more we are seeing people developing it at any age.
Next, the JDRF offers one on one support and suggestions from volunteers who have been there. This is not a organization where you or your child will be dealing with someone who has no experienced with diabetes. Here you and your child can learn how to manager their diabetes in school with some advice from parents who again have been there. You will also find useful information on how to travel with diabetes and go to college.
Going to college can be a real challenge for some. For probably most of their school aged lives, they have had you, their parents watching over them, or at least telling the school to watch over your carefully. At college your teen is on their one. JDFR will give you some tips on how to make the transition easier on you and you’re teen. Not only does it give you examples on how to tell their roommate that they suffer from type 1 diabetes. Perhaps most important is that it talks about the risks that come with drinking alcohol.
Type 1 diabetes can be very hard to deal with especially for kids. Not only do they have to deal with the normal “growing up” issues, but when you throw diabetes into the mix, it can make growing up even more challenging. JDRF can help you and your child deal with it. You can see that there are others like there that have lived with diabetes and went through everything that your child will go through. You will also find the latest news on research that is being done and any opportunities for clinical studies. Thanks to JDRF, there is no need for you and your child to go throw this alone.