Type 1 Diabetes Awareness
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). NDAM encompasses all forms of diabetes but the main types are Type 1 and Type 2. Since Type 2 Diabetes affects 95 percent of the diabetic population, Type 1 Diabetes does not get the awareness it needs. EASE T1D, a local organization, is encouraging the community to help raise Type 1 Diabetes awareness.
Type 1 Diabetes (insulin-dependent) is an auto-immune disease. It can occur at any age, but is usually diagnosed from infancy to the late thirties. It was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With Type 1 Diabetes, a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although the causes are not entirely known, scientists believe the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
Contrary to popular belief, Type 1 Diabetes has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. It is not preventable, or reversible, and there is currently no cure. Type 1 Diabetes is often mistaken for a flu virus, strep throat, growth spurt, or a urinary tract infection. Knowing the warning signs of Type 1 Diabetes can help save lives.
Local Efforts to Raise Awareness
At the City Council Meeting, on October 4, 2017, Mayor Dick Haley on behalf of the City of Corona declared November as "National Diabetes Awareness Month" and encouraged Corona residents to help improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Join the community in raising awareness. Participate in Corona’s Jersey Mike’s Subs Fundraiser, November 3,10, 17, and 24, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to EASET1D. Chick-fil-A at The Crossings will donate 20 percent of proceeds at the T1D Fundraiser, November 6, from 2 to 8 p.m.
About EASE T1D
EASE T1D, a local organization, is the joint effort of two mothers Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg who have children with type 1 diabetes. Through our over 25 years of combined experience, they have come to recognize areas of significant need and have joined forces to apply their knowledge and passion in the effort to “EASE” Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) through education, awareness, support and empowerment.