November – National Diabetes Awareness Month 2010

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  It is a time for the public to learn more about the symptoms and devastating effects of this unpreventable disease, and more importantly a time to encourage everyone to support research leading to a cure for diabetes and its complications.  Big Heart Baby is proud to be working with The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Without insulin, an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, creating multiple health problems.

While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Juvenile Diabetes usually strikes children, adolescents, and young adults. Each year, more than 15,000 children – 40 per day – are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S. alone, and it is estimated that as many as three million Americans are affected.

JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, and 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 they advance toward a cure.

Together, we can make a great impact, and move closer to finding a cure!