More than a million suffer from juvenile diabetes

December 04, 1990|By Knight Ridder

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation reports that out of about 12 million people with diabetes, 1 million have been diagnosed as Type I (insulin dependent) and 5 million as Type II (non-insulin dependent or adult-onset). The others also are Type II, but have not yet been diagnosed.

Type I is called juvenile diabetes because it usually starts in children even infants or young adults.

One or more insulin shots a day can keep Type I diabetes under control, but they're no fun. Neither is not being able to have a piece of cake at a birthday party. As time goes on, diabetes can cause blindness, stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and gangrene.

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