Larry's Look | Type One diabetes research

Larry's Look | Type One diabetes research

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 11:57 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  -- JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type One diabetes and each year funds more than $100 million in research.

Since its founding, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion in Type One diabetes research.

More than 3 million Americans live with type One diabetes, with total healthcare costs around $174 Billion each year! This type of diabetes strikes children and adults suddenly and there is no cure, yet.

There is a great deal of confusion about “diabetes” and many people don’t understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. 

Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.  There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and right now, there's nothing you can do to get rid of it.

This morning on Larry's Look, we met Dr. Kelli Dunn, who specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. 

Dr. Dunn talked about the diabetes situation in the United States and how people are living long and productive lives with the right medications.

We also met Hannah Self, who is an energetic and active middle school student.

She was diagnosed when she was just eight years old. Hannah described a typical day in her life and how using an insulin pump has eliminated individual insulin injections.

Join the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, this Saturday at Carowinds. To register, go to www.jdrf.org.
 

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