March 18th, 2012

New Group Encourages, Supports Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13,000 young people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes every year. As that number continues to rise, a new Southeast Minnesota organization is working to help support kids who have it…"We want to start small with outings, picnics, outdoor events, get-togethers, do bike rides, down the road we want to do camps," said Morgan Rohr of 1 Forever United. The group's formation comes as diabetes diagnoses are on the rise. Dr. Seema Kumar of Mayo Clinic says right now 1 in every 500 kids is affected, but it’s unknown what's causing the increase. "There's ongoing research to see the contribution of viral infections as well as factors such as Vitamin D, protein exposure as well as environmental factors," said Dr. Kumar.

 

KAAL by Ellery McCardle  3/18/12

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Kumar, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Morgan Rohr, Type 1 Diabetes

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