We at MEDUCOM put on our thinking caps and visited this year’s Hanes Corn Maze, a 20-acre attraction which was built in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Equipped with only a map of the field, we navigated the labyrinth, collecting clues to crack a diabetes-themed code—and learning some facts about Type 1 diabetes (T1D) along the way!
This year’s maze theme was “Type 1 to Type None”—a mission set forth by the JDRF to drive research into T1D and ultimately to deliver a cure. We believe that the first step to reaching this goal is to spread awareness for the disease, so here are 3 facts about T1D that we learned during our visit:
T1D is an incurable autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin. This causes potentially life-threatening blood sugar dysregulation.
Roughly 230,000 Canadians are living with T1D, and men are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than women.
People with diabetes can live very full, very active lives! As long as they carefully monitor their blood sugar, they can live with complete freedom and autonomy.
For more information, visit Hanes Corn Maze or the JDRF.