Our Warning Signs Awareness Campaign


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Awareness of the warning signs of type 1 diabetes saves lives. Type 1 diabetes can strike anyone at any age. At diagnosis of type 1, approximately 46% 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 was launched 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. Learn about the importance of T1D screening here.

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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, in 2020, Beyond Type 1 collaborated 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 has been 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 Canada, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand.

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State Lead Advocates 2021/2022

THANK YOU to our 2021-2022 State Lead Advocates for their dedication to raising awareness for the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes. This work would not be possible without your commitment to and support of this campaign.

AL – Brittany Dement
AK – Andrea Keller
AZ – Wyndie Whitney
AR – Justin Flores
CA – Sondra Miller (Bay Area & Northern San Joaquin Valley)
CA – Kelli Limi (Central Coast)
CA – Kristin Points (San Diego)
CO – Cindy Ward
CT – Samantha Merwin
DE – Bre Gaffney
FL – Sara Green
GA – Katie Johnson
HI – Valerie Hegwood
ID – Angela Sasser
IL – Stacy Estes
IN – Lori Scott
KS – Jordan Noll
KY – Paula Fairchild & Trish Vandeventer
ME – Shelley Munday
MD – Chandler Greene
MA – Sara Weiss
MI – Beth Buttery & Denise Pentescu
MN – Lynn Montague
MS – Stacy Latack
MO – Sarah Safari
MT – Mishelle Stovall
NV – Megan Hubble
NJ – Emmie & Jenna Shepcaro
NM – Kira Knecht
NY – Niamh Pfaff & Jane Kearsey
NC – Theresa Biberdorf
ND – Danelle Johnson
OH – Colleen Chambers
OK – Lisa Simmons
OR – Tammy Keegan
PA – Lisa Treese
RI – Katherine Itacy
SC – Ayla Snead
TN – Amy Pietrowski
TX – Amy Josefy & Colby Imbrie
UT – Sydney Glass & Stefanee Glass
VA – Vanessa Evans
WA – Sarah Caprye
WV – Susie Adkins & Jodi McCarthy
WI – Sara Krewal
WY – Genavive Mader

DC – Marie Cohen
PR – Tanya Hernandez
Canada – Jill Aberman

Special Thanks

We’d like to thank the dozens of volunteers across the US and abroad who have helped and continue to help us reach individuals everywhere with Type 1 Warning Signs posters and materials.

This campaign would not be possible without the energy and tireless efforts of all parent/family advocates who have successfully championed the DKA awareness campaign within their home states and communities. Thank you!


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Want to know more about DKA + ketones? Head here for information + resources.