JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until we find the cure.
We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We provide information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond. We give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaign for increased focus on, and funding for, research to find the cure.
We’re totally focused on type 1 diabetes, and are run by people with type 1, for people with type 1. JDRF is a global organisation working towards the cure. Internationally, we are the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. We work with academia, industry and governments to make sure that the research we fund has the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with type 1 now and in the future.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes affects 400,000 in the UK and more than 29,000 of them are children. It is a life threatening and lifelong autoimmune condition. It is caused by a problem with the immune system. It is not caused by lifestyle and cannot currently be prevented. In people with type 1 diabetes, the body mistakenly attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas meaning that little or no insulin is produced.
As a result, the body cannot convert glucose from food into the energy the body needs to survive. Just to stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple daily insulin injections (or pump infusions) and finger prick blood tests. But insulin is not the cure and does not prevent the devastating impact of the condition on children, adults and families living with it.
Join us in finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.
Visit jdrf.org.uk for more information.
Catriona Morrice on 01224 248 677
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