Type 1 Diabetes
Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 09:12 PM EDT
Nearly 15,000 children in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed this year with Type 1 diabetes, and the numbers are climbing. But, as News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert, so is the hope for a cure.
A visit to the pediatric endocrinologist at Mission Children's has become familiar for second grader Wyatt Love, since his diagnosis 3 years ago.
Dr. Evelyn Artz, pediatric endocrinologist, "type 1 diabetes is a situation. It's an auto immune disease where beta cells in the pancreas can no longer make insulin."
Wyatt Love, patient, "I give myself insulin cause my pancreas doesn't work. So that basically does what the pancreas does."
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body use glucose for energy.
Type 1 diabetes is a problem is all too familiar to Wyatt's dad, a pediatrician.
Dr. Scott Love, Wyatt's dad, "it's a hard diagnosis to have and it's a lot of work, so we check Wyatt's blood sugars at least 8 times a day."
Wyatt, "if it's high, I give myself insulin and don't eat. If it's low I usually eat something."
Dr. Love, "it can be well managed and kids can have completely normal lives if you can keep them tightly managed."
A pump with a catheter into the arm helps, but requires programming. Soon, there may be something better and automatic.
Jackie Steward, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, "we do research for the artificial pancreas which we consider to be a treatment but not a cure."
Still, the Loves insist a cure is possible and have already raised more than $4,000 this year for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hopes to raise $130,000 this weekend in asheville.
A walk to cure diabetes will be held Sunday on the UNCA campus.
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