Portland, Ore. – Funding just ran out for Type 1 Diabetes Research in September. Now health advocates are fighting to renew it. Like this Portland Mom. KXL’s Jacob Dean talked with her.
There’s no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Michelle Freedman with the Oregon Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation says her daughter was diagnosed with it in 2006. Now she goes to Oregon State University. She’s able to live a somewhat “normal life,” thanks to the advancements in technology, that were made possible by the research, that they’re fighting to renew funding for.
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CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS A MULTI-YEAR RENEWAL OF THE SPECIAL DIABETES PROGRAM – NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH
The Special Diabetes Program provides $150 million annually for T1D research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
About T1D: 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. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and — at present — nothing you can do to get rid of it.
ABOUT JDRF: JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Its mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since its inception.