by Katelyn Theobald
Living the life of a diabetic isn’t easy. Many do not know the daily tasks that a diabetic must undergo in order to meet their most basic of needs. Diabetes is a life long disease that gives the body the inability to produce any or enough insulin. When you don’t have any or enough insulin, the result is an increase in glucose levels in your blood. This can prove to be detrimental and requires constant evaluation.
Diabetes is a disease that needs constant attention everyday. While interviewing a fellow diabetic, she explained her everyday routine. Immediately after waking up in the morning, she tests her blood sugar and throughout the day until she goes to sleep. She tests her blood sugar six or more times a day. From the start of the day until the end, she gives herself up to four or more shots of insulin, depending on what she eats and what her blood sugar is measured at. Ashley, who’s name has been changed for the purposes of this article, hopes to one day see a cure and a fresh beginning to a new life without the stress and pain of living with type one diabetes.
In 2006, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) launched an artificial pancreas project that will ultimately attempt to create an artificial pancreas that can imitate an actual pancreas. With the artificial pancreas in place, scientists are hoping that it will recognize when one's blood sugar level is high or low. When it recognizes the artificial pancreas it will either deliver insulin or make sure the body maintains a steady blood sugar.
To make this happen, it will take advanced research and technology that will deliver type one diabetics with an artificial pancreas. Anyone can help by funding this project through JDRF.org. There are many fundraising events that you can participate in or have the option of donating money towards finding a cure for type one diabetes.