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Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick – April 15, 2023

Type 1 Diabetes Day in honor of Jakya Monique Furtick is observed every April 15. It is held in honor of Jakya Monique Furtick, who lost her life to type 1 diabetes. Jakya Monique Furtick’s mother, Coreen Logan, created this day in 2019 to honor her daughter. Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile diabetes because people thought it only affected children. However, this is not the case. There are about 20 million people who are living with type 1 diabetes in this world, and most of them are adults. Type 1 Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of the disease and help people affected by diabetes.

History of Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick

Type 1 diabetes is the type of diabetes in which the pancreas produces insufficient or no insulin, causing blood sugar to go abnormally high. A mix of environmental and genetic aspects can cause type 1 diabetes.

In 1902, Martin Schmidt discovered the relation between a dysfunctional pancreas and diabetes. Martin made this observation when he noted that a young patient diagnosed with diabetes had inflammation around his pancreas. This phenomenon was further studied and researched by Shields Warren in the 1920s. In 1940. Hans von Meyenburg coined the term ‘insulitis.’ Subsequently, type 1 diabetes became recognized as an autoimmune disorder. In the 1980s, treatment options for other autoimmune diseases were found effective in suppressing type 1 diabetes, further affirming that type 1 diabetes was indeed an autoimmune disease.

In the early years, type 1 diabetes was referred to as juvenile diabetes because often, the patients got diagnosed during childhood. With time, type 1 diabetes was found to affect adults also. The parents of the children affected by type 1 diabetes founded the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It is the largest provider of charitable funds for the research of type 1 diabetes, which aims to understand the causes of type 1 diabetes and find ways to prevent it. Coreen Logan is a parent who created Type 1 Diabetes Day to honor the daughter she lost to the disease in 2019.

Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick timeline

1901
The Explanation of Type 1 Diabetes

Eugene Opie establishes the relationship between a damaged pancreas and diabetes.

1920s
The Research Continues

Shields Warren continues the study of the pancreas and diabetes.

1980s
The Immunosuppressive Therapies

Immunosuppressive therapies help control type 1 diabetes, like other autoimmune diseases.

2019
The Setup of Type 1 Diabetes Day

Coreen Logan creates Type 1 Diabetes Day in honor of her child Jakya Monique.

Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick FAQs

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means the body attacks its insulin-producing cells. Type 2 diabetes is environment related and results in the body not utilizing insulin properly.

Which is worse, type 1 or type 2 diabetes?

Generally, type 2 diabetes is milder than type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can cause problems like stroke and heart attacks.

Is there a type 3 diabetes?

Some people refer to Alzheimer’s disease as type 3 diabetes because it causes insulin dysregulation. However, type 3 diabetes is not a recognized medical condition.

How to Observe Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick

  1. Wear blue in solidarity

    On this day, raise awareness about type 1 disease to help affected people as much as possible. Wear blue to pledge support and encourage others to do the same.

  2. Share the information on social media

    Let everyone know the importance of this day. Write articles on type 1 diabetes and treatment options available, and share them on social media.

  3. Learn more about diabetes

    Learn more about diabetes ― its causes, diagnosis, and treatment options available. Find out how you can do your part to help those affected.

5 Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

  1. The symptoms can be unexpected

    The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes gets delayed since there are no symptoms initially.

  2. The ways to administer insulin

    There are different ways of administering insulin, such as insulin pumps and implanting a glucose meter under the skin.

  3. It might be curable in the future

    Developments in medical science suggest that soon, type 1 diabetes will be cured by replacing damaged islet cells.

  4. Mental support is vital

    Connecting with others undergoing the same thing can help patients lighten their burden of battling the disease alone.

  5. Monitored exercise can help

    Well-monitored exercise can help regulate blood sugar levels and control diabetes.

Why Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick is Important

  1. It gives us a chance to raise awareness

    This day allows us to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. Many people are unaware of the seriousness of diabetes. Some affected people don't know about the treatment options available; hence, raising awareness is necessary.

  2. It makes us help others

    This day is the perfect opportunity to do our part in helping those affected. Whether it's making donations, raising awareness, or supporting the ones affected mentally, it is a day for helping others.

  3. It gives us a chance to learn

    This day helps us to learn about diabetes in depth. We get to know the types, causes, and available treatment options. Today is a day to gain knowledge and educate others.

Type 1 Diabetes Day in Honor of Jakya Monique Furtick dates

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