To mark National Diabetes Awareness Week, JDRF is renewing its call for recognition of the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
It is important to recognise that unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Researchers are working hard to more fully understand the complicated mix of genetic and environmental factors that may cause or trigger this disease. However, it is certain that going on a diet or cutting down on sugar doesn’t stop type 1 diabetes.
The newly launched JDRF T1D Truth Awards addresses the issue of inaccuracies in writing about diabetes, by awarding those who get it right. The awards recognise and award excellence in writing about the life and science of type 1 diabetes.
How can you help raise awareness?
- Nominate people who get it right. The most effective way to encourage accuracy in the writing of type 1 diabetes is to award those who get it right. Nominate someone now for the T1D Truth Award.
- Write to your local paper. We have provided a Letter to the Editor template here (.doc)– simply fill in your details!
- Change your Facebook profile picture. You can download the diabetes logo here.
- Tell your friends and family about JDRF. You can link to us on Facebook, Twitter, or send them to our website.
- Sign up to become a JDRF Advocate. Advocates work on behalf of the Type 1 community to build links with Australia’s politicians.
By spreading the word, you can help raise awareness of type 1 diabetes.
Raising awareness of our illnesses and correcting the misrepresentations. Please nominate the good guys out there spreading the good word