Our DKA Campaign
Knowing the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes saves lives. Type 1 diabetes can strike anyone at any age. At diagnosis of Type 1, approximately 42% of patients are in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) in the United States. DKA is a life-threatening condition that can occur from a delayed diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. This is a solvable problem and an issue where awareness can make a meaningful difference.
Our Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Campaign is designed to place the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes (Excessive thirst, Frequent Urination, Unexplained Weight Loss and Exhaustion) in front of as many people as possible through strategic partnerships, volunteer advocates, and PSAs encouraging the public to immediately see their healthcare provider for a blood glucose or urine test in an effort to avoid DKA at diagnosis.
About the campaign
Since its launch in 2016, Beyond Type 1’s Warning Signs Campaign has been distributed in 25 states and territories to over 28,000 pediatric offices, serving over 90 million patients annually through partnerships with state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Based on this success, Beyond Type 1 is now collaborating with the National Association of School Nurses to get the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes in front of audiences of all kinds. Supported by a generous grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Warning Signs Campaign will be distributed to tens of thousands of school nurses across the country and other groups in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Additionally, global awareness efforts are rolling in:
Beyond Type 1 refuses to accept that DKA is a common complication of T1D diagnosis. This is an awareness problem. And awareness problems have solutions. We’re proud to lead the charge to solve this problem in the USA, and eventually, globally. We’re proud to represent the voices of this community. And we’re proud to put our energy behind such an important cause.
-Thom Scher, Beyond Type 1 CEO
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