The Artificial Pancreas Does Its Homework

JDRF-funded researchers across the globe are currently testing artificial pancreas systems. Some clinical trials are inpatient, in which participants stay overnight or for a few days in a hospital or research clinic, while others take place in an outpatient setting. In both cases, a medical team carefully monitors the daily life of each trial volunteer […]

Young Diabetes Advocates Take Capitol Hill by Storm

On July 10, the delegates of JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress filled the halls of Congress, and hundreds of Members of Congress learned about type 1 diabetes (T1D) from these experts. For some, it was a familiar conversation; for others, including many newly elected Members of Congress, it was an education on issues that affect a growing number of Americans every day.

Best in Class

Best in Class

JDRF knows that despite the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), many people have worked harder, dreamed bigger, and achieved greater. In collaboration with the Diabetes Scholars Foundation since 2011, JDRF offers four annual scholarships to high school graduates. Congratulations to the scholarship class of 2013

Letters From the Cusp of Childhood/Adulthood

You might not be able to eat that doughnut when you have high blood sugar, but you can still become a doctor or a famous baseball player.         By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Dear parents, This coming school year, I’ll be a senior?and then it’s off to college. All parents […]

My Friend, My Inspiration

Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend to T1D is harder.     By Catrina Curtis (15 years old, Mississippi) I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago, when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was […]

What T1D Teaches

Upon diagnosis with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the disease immediately teaches you that your pancreas isn’t just this corn on the cob–shaped organ sitting behind your stomach. The insulin produced by this organ is crucial to metabolizing food, feeding your cells, and keeping you alive. When you’re diagnosed, you learn how to test your blood […]

Emergency Preparedness for Type 1 Diabetes

From the wrath of Hurricane Sandy along the eastern seaboard to devastating wildfires in the west, the past two years have shattered previous records for natural disaster destruction in the United States. The hardships and chaos these catastrophes cause are difficult enough. But factor in the added demands of managing type 1 diabetes (T1D), and […]

Life Under the Microscope: My Summer as a Research Intern

… this dream cannot become a reality without delegates like us.     By Cindy Chen (17 years old, California) Imagine a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). A world in which there would be no more need for test strips, lancets, reservoirs, infusion sets, shots, and that darn insulin pump. A world in which […]

A Numbers Game, or: We Are All Number One

Congratulations, kid, you’re going to Washington! Now what?     By Reed Gialketsis (17 years old, Nevada) At this year’s Children’s Congress, 161 kids and teens will gather in Washington, D.C. But there’s another number that I think deserves attention―the more than 1,300 kids who applied for the event but won’t be going. While I’m […]