According to the American Diabetes Association website, there are approximately 25.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes; of this number, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) reports that as many as 3 million have type 1 diabetes. There are no known ways to prevent type 1 diabetes. Society is not equipped with a way to inform parents, pediatricians, school nurses, teachers, and doctors of the signs of type 1 diabetes.
The reality of type 1 diabetes is that children and young adults, otherwise healthy children and young adults, are being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at alarming rates. This disease is chronic; a child will not outgrow his/her type 1 diabetes. No amount of healthy eating, exercise or lifestyle changes will change the fact that a person with type 1 must take insulin for the rest of their lives or they will die. These children grow into adults; a community of otherwise healthy adults that still take insulin or they will die. They will become athletes, politicians, celebrities, entrepreneurs, community volunteers, parents and excellent members of the workforce and nothing will stop them from attaining their goals. But until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes will live with the weight of this disease for the rest of their lives.
There is group of children and adults that have no voice; those that die from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.
This diagnosis of diabetes at the time of death happens because parents, the school nurse and even pediatricians and physicians dismiss symptoms as the flu or a virus, the patient goes into DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis)
By many accounts, the general public isn't aware of type 1 - the autoimmune diabetes. Too many times, this diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at death occurs because so many overlook the possibility of type 1 diabetes and explain away the warning signs. It is unacceptable for a child or adult to die this way.
Get Diabetes Right is calling on the media, people with diabetes, parents, teachers; anyone willing to help spread the word. Posters, educational fliers and ads are available, courtesy of Nobox Creative in Amarillo, Texas, at the Get Diabetes Right Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
"Get Diabetes Right is a grass roots movement and is not associated with any particular organization. It is also an ongoing work in progress. The posters and collateral we have provided are just a starting point -- Tom and I welcome all suggestions and ideas that will help spread the word,” stated Kim May. “We encourage folks to post their ideas to the Get Diabetes Right Facebook page as we plan to continually update the materials. This effort will be successful because it belongs to everyone."
Tom Karlya added, "I have often stated that we need to just 'Not Do Nothing' in this diabetes journey. This is something everyone can, and should, get involved in. A lot of 'little efforts' will add up to an enormous education movement in this country that is long over due."
If you’d like to help, print out any and or all posters and distribute in your area. Libraries, stores, school nurses, waiting rooms, doctor’s offices are a great place to start. Enlist your local media to spread the message in your area. Please be sure to return to the Facebook page and let Get Diabetes Right know the town, city, and/or community in which you distributed information, as they create a world-wide map to watch the movement grow. All marketing material can be customized, enlarged or emailed directly to you; contact Kim May at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Let’s save lives. It's time to Get Diabetes Right.