Walk in the shoes of someone with Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 vs. Type 2

Type 1 diabetes, which was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes, develops when the body’s immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that makes insulin. Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent of diabetes diagnoses.

Type 2 diabetes, which was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes, usually begins as insulin resistance. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, history of diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity. This form accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diagnosed diabetes cases.

The American Diabetes Association

Throughout the month of November, JDRF invites people to step into the shoes of someone with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) by participating in its T1D for a Day challenge, a free text message campaign presented by Lilly Diabetes.

By texting T1D4aDay to 63566 any time now through Nov. 30, participants of T1D for a Day will be led through 24 hours of virtual T1D, gaining a deeper understanding of the constant vigilance required to manage this disease, which affects as many as 3 million Americans.

This year’s challenge will be hosted by JDRF celebrity advocate and professional snowboarder Sean Busby, who has lived with T1D for nine years. Text messages delivered from Busby to participants over the course of a day will offer a close look into his life with T1D, as he explains in real-time the various activities of his day, how they affect his blood sugar, and the measures he must take to stay safe and healthy.

“Taking care of type 1 diabetes every day is hard work, but most people don’t realize how hard,” Busby said. “By taking the challenge, you will experience for one day what many people live with every day. You’ll learn how complicated life with Type 1 diabetes is and understand the urgent need for a cure.”

Participation in T1D for a Day is free of charge. (You may receive up to 45 messages.) Message and data rates may apply. Text Stop to 63566 to unsubscribe. Text Help to 63566 for help. Mobile terms and conditions at www.protexting.com/T1D4ADAY.html.

For more information, visit jdrf.org.

­PR Newswire