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The University of Miami is a vibrant community of exceptionally talented individuals engaged in the pursuit of academic excellence, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the region and beyond. More than 15,600 undergraduate and graduate students ... more
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Dialogue Diabetes Fall 2000
The nationwide launch of The Diabetes Prevention Trial – Type 1 (DPT-1) marked a new era in the research that will advance scientific progress toward this remarkable goal, according to Della Matheson, RN, CDE, Trial Coordinator for the study at the University of Miami.There are approximately one million Americans living with this disease and another 30, 000 children and young adults newly diagnosed every year.Despite huge improvements in the care and treatment of Type 1 Diabetes in the past twenty years, this disease remains the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations in America.The cost of diabetes to individuals and to the public measures in billions of dollars annually with an immeasurable cost to the quality of life in those affected with this serious disease.Although research for a cure remains at the forefront for the children of today who have Diabetes, it is equally as important for the children of tomorrow that prevention of this life-threatening disease becomes a reality, added Ms. Matheson.Type 1 (insulin dependent) Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually occurs in childhood or young adulthood.By autoimmune, we mean that the persons own immune system has been triggered to destroy its own tissue.In the case of Type 1 (insulin dependent) Diabetes, the body has attacked and destroyed the insulin producing cells, known as islet cells. Without islet cells, the body no longer makes insulin and Type 1 Diabetes occurs.Destruction of the cells is gradual and most symptoms of diabetes do not begin until almost all insulin-producing cells are destroyed.Most people do not realize they are developing diabetes until the damage is complete.
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