Type 1 Diabetes (cont.)
Surgery for type 1 diabetes is done only in special situations.
- Surgery to replace the pancreas (pancreas transplant) may be done when a person is receiving another organ, such as a kidney.
- Surgery to insert working pancreas cells (islet cell transplant) is experimental.
These surgeries are very expensive. After having one of these surgeries, a person must take medicine for the rest of his or her life to prevent the body from rejecting the new tissue (immunosuppression medicines).
People who have type 1 diabetes need to avoid products that promise a "cure." No cure exists. They also need to avoid products for diabetes that are advertised by testimonials without a sound medical basis. These products or remedies may be harmful and costly. They also might cause people to delay or avoid getting other forms of treatment that have been proved to work.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Diabetes Association (ADA)|
|1701 North Beauregard Street|
|Alexandria, VA 22311|
|Phone: ||1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)|
|Web Address: ||www.diabetes.org|
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a national organization for health professionals and consumers. Almost every state has a local office. ADA sets the standards for the care of people with diabetes. Its focus is on research for the prevention and treatment of all types of diabetes. ADA provides patient and professional education mainly through its publications, which include the monthly magazine Diabetes Forecast, books, brochures, cookbooks and meal planning guides, and pamphlets. ADA also provides information for parents about caring for a child with diabetes.
|Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International|
|120 Wall Street|
|New York, NY 10005-4001|
|Phone: ||1-800-533-CURE (1-800-533-2873)|
|Fax: ||(212) 785-9595|
|Web Address: ||http://www.jdrf.org|
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. The organization funds research on type 1 diabetes, including research on prevention and treatment. This organization publishes a wide variety of booklets, magazines, and e-newsletters on complications and treatments of type 1 diabetes.
|National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)|
|1 Diabetes Way|
|Bethesda, MD 20814-9692|
|Phone: ||1-800-438-5383 to order materials|
|Web Address: ||http://ndep.nih.gov|
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program's goal is to improve the treatment of people who have diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent the development of diabetes. Information about the program can be found on two Web sites: one managed by NIH (http://ndep.nih.gov) and the other by CDC (www.cdc.gov/team-ndep).
|National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)|
|1 Information Way|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-3560|
|Fax: ||(703) 738-4929|
|TDD: ||1-866-569-1162 toll-free|
|Web Address: ||http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov|
This clearinghouse provides information about research and clinical trials supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This service is provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).