Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system.
There are two major types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, but lasts a lifetime. People with Type 1 diabetes must take multiple injections of insulin daily or continually infuse insulin through a pump just to survive.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person's body still produces insulin, but is unable to use it effectively. Type 2 is usually diagnosed in adulthood and does not always require insulin injections. However, increased obesity has led to a recent rise in cases of Type 2 diabetes in young adults.
Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes nor prevent the possibility of its eventual and devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.
The reality is that there is no known cure as of today for diabetes. D.R.E.A.M. has been formed to raise money for the research that is desperately needed to find a cure and help the millions of people who suffer with this disease.