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November: National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Fall colors typically include orange, apple red and forest green, but thanks to National Diabetes Awareness Month, blue is the color for November as Delt shows its commitment to JDRF and its mission.

Delta Tau Delta established its national philanthropic partnership with JDRF in 2012. This partnership engages the Fraternity’s more than 130 chapters and colonies on college campuses nationwide to work closely with local JDRF chapters to help raise funds and awareness of type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Since the partnership began, Delta Tau Delta chapters have raised nearly $2 million for T1D research. Additionally, Delta Tau Delta undergraduates and alumni have contributed countless hours of service through local JDRF chapter events. The partnership between Delta Tau Delta and JDRF strives to create multiple avenues for philanthropy and creativity, from volunteering at JDRF galas and forming walk teams to creating campus fundraising and awareness events and even charity streaming all to benefit T1D research.

Why JDRF? From funding innovative research to advocating for government action to providing a support structure for our community, no other organization does more to fight type 1 diabetes (T1D) than JDRF. Its mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy.

Add to that energy in support of National Diabetes Awareness Month.

November 1 is T1Day! Show us your #T1Day spirit by wearing blue and sharing the hashtag on social media to encourage everyone in your community to wear blue in honor of T1Day and the start of National Diabetes Awareness Month.

  • Join Delta Tau Delta’s National Walk Team
  • Visit JDRF to learn about their work in cell therapies, disease-modifying therapies, complications research, and more.
  • Watch and share videos of the JDRF Research Team, describing what has been accomplished to date and what’s next.

Diabetes Basics: Why Type 1 and Type 2?

Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood-glucose, or blood-sugar, levels.

T1D

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 and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive.

T2D

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is often diagnosed later in life and can be due to genetic predisposition or behavior. T2D is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. It can be managed with diet and exercise or medication. More serious cases may require insulin therapy.

Though they share the name diabetes, the two diseases are quite different.

Signs of T1D

T1D is identified in children and adults as they show signs of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchy or dry skin
  • Increased appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yeast infections

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