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As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, many people are understandably concerned about access to their medications. Health officials and medical professionals working in federal, state and local governments recommend that high-risk individuals with underlying health conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes, stock up on their prescription medications, in addition to practicing basic hygiene and avoiding crowded places.
The most widely-reported and potentially momentous story of the moment is the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, a respiratory pathogen that has already infected at least 100,000 people around the globe and killed at least 4,300.
Research on type 1 diabetes often centers on its health impacts, but people with type 1 diabetes have long said that such research only paints half of the picture, and that there are many more hidden costs to life with the condition.
A new documentary highlighting the struggles and successes of Cory Conacher, a professional hockey player from Burlington, Ontario, debuted last week on World Diabetes Day. The film, directed by Canadian Calvin Hudson Hwang and titled Miracle, Baby, is streaming live in its entirety on YouTube, and will remain so for the rest of Diabetes Awareness month.
As important, but perhaps less broadly publicized than the financial burden, is the daily mental and logistical toll diabetes exacts on patients and families. Diabetes affects more than simply blood sugars - it also disrupts sleep, work schedules, social life, and more.
Unfortunately for young people with type 1 diabetes, we still don't have a straightforward screening or genetic test for the disease, which has both environmental and complex hereditary components. A research team at UVA is working to change that.