JDRF (jdrf.org/nebraskaiowa), the leading global organization funding T1D research, invites the community to join in commemorating National Diabetes Awareness Month this November by raising awareness of T1D and the urgent need to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Go Blue with JDRF on Tuesday, November 14, World Diabetes Day, to help raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Wear blue, take a photo and share to social media using #GoBlueforJDRF!

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component. It occurs in children and adults. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive.

Before a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, both children and adults often have the following symptoms: frequent urination, increased thirst, dry mouth, itchy or dry skin, increased appetite, unexplained weight loss and yeast infections.

Learn about JDRF and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes by visiting jdrf.org/nebraskaiowa.