Wednesday, May 19, 2010
National jelly baby month
Jelly Baby Month raises funds for research to find a cure, which is desperately needed. Did you know Australia has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world?
Type 1 diabetes is a serious disease. People with this lifelong disease need up to six insulin injections every day or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump, just to stay alive. Diabetes can lead to devastating long term health complications, like blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.
Jelly babies can be a lifesaver for people with type 1 diabetes because they can’t control their own blood sugar, so a quick sugar fix is essential in an emergency when blood glucose falls dangerously low. Unlike type 2 diabetes, the causes of type 1 are not related to everyday diet or lifestyle. So please, put some jelly in your belly for the 140,000 Aussies with type 1 diabetes in May.
Jelly Baby products are available from Woolworths and Safeway supermarkets, Amcal pharmacies, online or from volunteers. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.au.