This afternoon 6/14 I’ll be taking the family down to Fifth Third Field to watch the Dayton Dragons play. In support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) they have opened up the lawn seats and provided free tickets to the children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. (my son was diagnosed with Type 1 in December) There will be a rally before the game and Great Clips will be cutting hair with all of the proceeds going to support JDRF.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful today, so come on down to Dayton and support our local baseball team!
About Type 1 Diabetes (commonly known as Juvenile Diabetes)
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand that is located behind the lower part of the stomach. These cells — called beta cellsdisplay definition — are contained, along with other types of cells, within small islands of endocrine cells called the pancreatic islets. Beta cells normally produce insulindisplay definition, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. But when the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.
For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.
The warning signs of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst; frequent urination; drowsiness or lethargy; sugar in urine; sudden vision changes; increased appetite; sudden weight loss; fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath; heavy, labored breathing; stupor; and unconsciousness.
Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. Scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but they believe that autoimmunedisplay definition, genetic, and environmental factors are involved.