Type 2 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Roughly 10 per cent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence, but can also develop in adulthood. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin.

We need a strategy now

Although people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have different journeys, including whether they experience symptoms, there is one issue that unites all people living with the disease. Mississippi lacks a comprehensive strategy to address one of the most significant healthcare crises of our time.

With no dedicated support or action to tackle the diabetes epidemic, it means that, every 24 hours:

  • more than 3 Mississippians die of diabetes-related complications
  • 70 more Mississippians are diagnosed with this devastating disease
  • 2 Mississippians have a lower limb amputation
  • our healthcare system spends millions treating diabetes

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