Improving Life for People with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)

In addition to our work to renew the Special Diabetes Program, advance the Artificial Pancreas, and support federal funding for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, JDRF Advocates from all around the country have engaged their legislators on several other important priorities for people affected by type 1 diabetes, including:

 Stem Cell Research

JDRF supports all forms of stem cell research – one of the most promising lines of study for curing and treating T1D and its complications.

What are stem cells?  Stem cells are core building blocks that allow the body to regenerate new cells and repair tissue.  By harnessing the special ability of these stem cells, scientists aim to restore function to insulin-producing cells and repair organ damage caused by diabetes.

JDRF encourages the federal government to invest its research dollars in stem cell research, which could lead to game-changing discoveries that will benefit those with T1D and many other diseases.

Health Care Reform

Diabetes can clearly be expensive.  In recent years, several proposals have been issued by Congressional leaders to address the rising costs of health care in this country.  To keep costs manageable for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), JDRF recommended four core priorities be adopted as part of the healthcare debate:

  • Adequate and affordable health insurance coverage without pre-existing conditions or penalties.
  • Access to treatment and technologies.
  • Adoption of health information technology with patient privacy protections.
  • Appropriate education and payment for endocrinologists and diabetes care providers.

JDRF urges strong consideration of these four priorities as programs are implemented in the public and private sectors and as new proposals are considered.

 Diabetes Management in Schools

Each year, over 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the United States.  For students, being able to manage their diabetes in a school setting is a very complex and critical issue.

It is essential that students with diabetes and their parents have the required tools and a supportive environment to promote health and learning while in school, including the ability to monitor their blood sugar, eat appropriate foods, and administer insulin.  Children with diabetes require appropriate school policies that allow them to participate fully and safely in all school environments including:  the classroom, field trips, and extra-curricular activities.

Teachers, parents, school administrators and health care providers should all work together with the student to develop guidelines for proper diabetes management. For more information on Diabetes Management in Schools, please review the JDRF’s School Advisory Toolkit.

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