Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
Living with T1D is a constant balancing act. People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance their insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night.
T1D is a serious and stressful disease to manage. Treatment options are improving all the time, and people with T1D are able to lead normal, productive and inspiring lives. JDRF is driving research to improve the technology people with T1D use to monitor blood-sugar levels and deliver the proper doses of insulin, as well as research that will prevent onset of T1D and ultimately deliver a cure.
Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes gives you the chance to raise money for JDRF—the leading global organization funding T1D research—while doing something you love. Your participation will help accelerate progress toward improving lives and curing T1D. Together, we can create a world without T1D.