Diagnosed at ANY AGE – 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.
At the City Council Meeting, on November 6, 2019, Mayor Jason Scott declared November as “National Diabetes Awareness Month.” The City of Corona has partnered with EASE T1D to show that a diagnosis can happen at any age, regardless of diet and lifestyle.
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 5 percent 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!
Safe Needle/Sharp Disposal
To make it easier than ever for the community to dispose of needles/sharps safely, the City of Corona has placed a sharp drop box at Corona City Hall (400 S. Vicentia Ave.) and in the Corona Public Library lobby (650 S. Main St.). Place needles in a disposal container and dispose of them in one of the drop boxes.
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 their 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.
Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes by watching the video below!