Fox-11 Forum, Sunday, 10/25/09, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Juvenile Diabetes (type 1 diabetes) is caused by an auto-immune destruction
of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Host Bob Lee interviews Stacy Taormina, Manager, Southern Arizona Branch,Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation.

Taormina says the warning signs of type 1 diabetes include extreme thirst; frequent urination;
drowsiness or lethargy; sugar in urine; sudden vision changes; increased appetite; sudden weight
loss; fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath; heavy, labored breathing; stupor; and unconsciousness.
She says type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults. She says
scientists do not yet know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, but they believe that autoimmune,
genetic, and environmental factors are involved. 

Taormina says people with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes must take insulin to live.
She says the patient must test their blood 4-6 times a day by pricking their finger.
She says they then must inject themselves with 3-6 shots of insulin just to stay alive.
She says every day is a struggle with a balancing act of too much or too little insulin
versus blood sugar level. She says insulin is not a cure. 

Taormina says diabetes is the single most costly chronic disease in the U.S., with
over $105-billion of annual health care costs being spent treating it. She says
the “2009 Walk To Cure Diabetes,” is an event to raise money and to create an awareness
of the condition.  She says the Walk is scheduled November 14 at Quincie Douglas Park.