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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness Month is observed every November throughout the United States to bring attention to the disease and those affected by it.

World Diabetes Day (November 14th) was created by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization in 1991 in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is the largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.

#T1DSuperhero

This month, join the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center as we celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month with the #T1DSuperhero campaign. We will be highlighting those living with type one diabetes, the hardships of being an everyday hero, and the monster myths diabetics combat daily. The campaign includes combatting misinformation about the disease, driving awareness around recognizing the symptoms of type one diabetes, and educating the public on the differences between T1D and other forms of the disease. People with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones are encouraged to share the most common myths they encounter and the unsolicited advice they have received, as well as their superhero stories conquering this disease using the hashtags #T1DSuperhero #T1DSuperheroes #T1DMonsterMyths. Learn more about Diabetes Awareness Month here.

Type One Superhero and Type One Sidekick T-Shirts

CDF is encouraging community members to purchase, “Type One Superhero” t-shirts in support of those affected by the disease. The shirts are designed to serve as a conversation starter to help educate the public, dispel misconceptions, and celebrate the everyday superheroes living with T1D. You can also order a “Type One Sidekick” shirt to support a loved one effected by the disease. To order yours, visit childrensdiabetesfoundation.itemorder.com/shop/home.

Denver Blue Tour

Some iconic Denver facilities will be illuminating their buildings with blue lighting to show support of Diabetes Awareness Month. Blue is the universal color for diabetes and symbolizes support of the month of November and World Diabetes Day on November 14th. Take the Blue Tour! For more information about buildings turning BLUE for Diabetes Awareness Month, visit childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/event.

  • Nov. 1-23: The Monuments along 14th street in the Theatre District
  • Nov. 1-30: The Confluence at 1441 Little Raven St., Denver
  • Nov. 7-20: Elitch Gardens Ferris Wheel at 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204
  • Nov. 13-14: Union Station at 1701 Wynkoop, Denver
  • Nov. 14: DaVita Headquarters at 2001 16th St. Mall, Denver
  • Nov. 14: Ball Arena at 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
  • Nov. 14: Meow Wolf at 1338 1st St, Denver, CO 80204
  • Nov. 14-20: City & County of Denver at 1437 Bannock St., Denver

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Imagine a disease that occupies your thoughts all day long, without a break, and requires hundreds of life-threatening or life-saving decisions every day of your life.

This is type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body’s defense system attacks the cells that produce insulin. As a result, the body cannot produce insulin on its own. Without a cure, those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must monitor their blood sugar and take insulin to control their blood glucose levels.

A large concern for diabetics is low blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include blurred vision, shaking, sweating, slurred speech, irritability, drowsiness, and acting incoherent or spacey. If the blood sugar is severely low, the person may become unconscious or have a seizure. These low blood sugars put a diabetic in immediate danger.

Type 1 diabetes means being connected to multiple devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While they usually improve blood sugar levels, these medical supplies come at a huge expense for the patient or family. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes. Each person who is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will have the disease for the rest of his or her life, unless we can find a cure. To learn more about diabetes, click here.

Know the Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Frequent Urination Weight Loss
  • Excessive Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Increased Appetite
  • Vision Changes
  • Unconsciousness

About the Children’s Diabetes Foundation

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, focusing on patient support, diabetes research, and public awareness. The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, located in Aurora, CO, was established by Barbara and Marvin Davis in 1977 in Denver as a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the support of research in diabetes and to provide the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, where thousands of patients of all ages from all over the world receive the finest diabetes care available. Thanks to the generous funding provided to the Center, all patients are welcome, regardless of their financial means.

Contact Us

www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org
(303) 863-1200

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